Shadowlands - Act 1, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

William Nicholson
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Act 1, Scene 2 Summary

The second scene opens in an Oxford college dining-hall where Lewis joins Christopher Riley, Harry Harrington, Maurice Oakley, Alan Gregg and Major Warnie Lewis. Warnie is Lewis' bachelor brother, described as having had too much to drink. The men are joking cleverly about their diverging opinions on women. All clearly academics, their humor is highbrow and British. The party breaks up and Lewis escorts his drunken elder brother back to the house that they share. The two men continue to discuss the subject of women in a rather nostalgic tone, bidding each other goodnight.

Act 1, Scene 2 Analysis

Scene 2 provides us with a glimpse into the world to which Lewis belongs. The all male realm of traditional academia has been his home since his own college days. On the subject of women, Riley's theory is that they are extremely different from men. He pinpoints in his...

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