AuthorName: George Bernard Shaw
Andrew Undershaft is a munitions and weapons manufacturer who has lived his life apart from his family since his daughters were very young. Just prior to this, he has been reintroduced to his two daughters and their respective fiancees. One daughter, Barbara, is a major in the Salvation Army, and is as passionately devoted to her work as Undershaft is to his.
PlayName: Major Barbara
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Copyrighted
Age Range: 40s - Late
Dialects: Standard English
One moment, Mr. Lomax; I am rather interested in the Salvation Army. Its motto...View Full Monologue Text
One moment, Mr. Lomax; I am rather interested in the Salvation Army. Its motto might be my own: Blood and Fire. My sort of blood cleanses; my sort of fire purifies. Consider for a moment. Here I am, a manufacturer of mutilation and murder. I find my self in a specially good humour just now because this morning, down at the foundry, we blew twenty-seven dummy soldiers into fragments with a gun which formerly destroyed only thirteen. The more destructive war becomes, the more fascinating we find it. No, Mr. Lomax; I am obliged to you for making the usual excuse for my trade, but I am not ashamed of it. I am not one of those men who keep their morals and their business in watertight compartments. All the spare money my trade rivals spend on hospitals, cathedrals, and other receptacles for conscience money, I devote to experiments and researches in improved methods of destroying life and property. Therefore your Christmas card moralities of peace on earth and goodwill among men are of no use to me. Your Christianity, which enjoins you to resist not evil, and to turn the other cheek, would make me a bankrupt. My morality - my religion - must have a place for cannons and torpedoes in it.