Book: The Apple Cart – George Bernard Shaw
Apologies for the gap in posting these final quotes – been a little busy!
Here’s the last selection from ‘The Apple Cart’. Again, it’s amazing that this play is over 80 years old, when you compare quotes to modern politics.
“VANHATTAN: [desisting] Her Majesty will excuse me when she learns the nature of my errand here. This, King Magnus, is a great historic scene: one of the greatest, perhaps, that history has ever recorded or will ever again record.
MAGNUS: Have you had tea?”
“MAGNUS: [Pulling himself together with a visible effort] May I ask, Mr Vanhattan, with whom did this – this – this masterstroke of American policy originate? Frankly, I have been accustomed to regard your President as a statesman whose mouth was the most efficient part of his head. He cannot have thought of this himself. Who suggested it to him?”
“MAGNUS: Are you inexorably determined to force this issue to its logical end? You know how un-English it is to do that?
PROTEUS: My people came from Scotland.
LYSISTRATA: I wish they had stayed there. I am English: every bone in my body.
BOANERGES [vociferously] Same here!
PROTEUS: God help England if she had no Scots to think for her!”
“BOANERGES: Is he any better? The way you fellows scuttle backward and forward from one mind to another whenever Joe holds up his finger is disgusting. This is a Cabinet of sheep.
PROTEUS: Well, give the flock a better lead if you can. Have you anything else to propose?
BOANERGES: I don’t know that I have on the spur of the moment. We should have had notice of this. But I suppose the King must do as he thinks right.
PROTEUS. Then the goat goes with the sheep; so that’s all right.
BOANERGES: Who are you calling a goat?
NICOBAR: If you come to that, who are you calling sheep?”
Taken from ‘The Apple Cart’ by George Bernard Shaw.
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