When Ellie Dunn joins a house-party at the home of the eccentric Captain Shotover, she causes a stir with her decision to marry for money rather than love, and the Captain s forthright daughter Hesione protests vigorously against the pragmatic young woman s choice. Opinion on the matter quickly divides and a lively argument about money and morality, idealism and realism ensues as Hesione s rakish husband, snobbish sister and Ellie s fianc a wealthy industrialist enter the debate. Written between 1916 and 1917 as war raged across Europe, Heartbreak House is a telling indictment of the generation responsible for the First World War. With its bold combination of high farce and bitter tragedy, Shaw s play remains an uncannily prophetic depiction of a society on the threshold of an abrupt awakening.
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HEARTBREAK HOUSE AND HORSEBACK HALL
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