Androcles and the Lion
I am delighted at last to have the opportunity to read the play. (The book contains some one hundred pages of stuff--mini-essays?--before the play starts, and a few pages of explanation after it.) Androcles is a Christian Greek tailor, known for his sorcery with animals, whom he loves dearly. He exists within a strong cast of characters including his wife Megaera, a rather handsome pampered slattern; Ferrovius, the fierce fighter; Lavinia, the beautiful, forthright, sometimes doubting believer; the Roman Captain; and the Emperor. As Shaw constructs it, the play becomes an examination of allegiances and motives around the question of imperialism. He writes here without apostrophes in his contractions. Was this book really sold once at Macy's for $.68?