Major

Barbara By George Bernard
Title: Major Barbara Author: George Bernard Shaw Setting: The play extends over
three days in January 1906. The beginning starts in the library of Lady

Britomart, the estranged wife of Andrew Undershaft. It then continues with a
visit to the West Ham Shelter of the Salvation Army. The play finally concludes
at the Undershaft Empire, the munitions\' factory. Plot: Lady Britomart invites
her estranged husband, Andrew Undershaft, over to reacquaint him with his
children, Stephen, Sarah, and Barbara. Lady Britomart is in need of more money
to support their daughters and their intended\'s, Charles Lomax and Adolphus

Cusins. Barbara tries to convert her father and save his soul. While Andrew will
convert his daughter, Barbara to his side. Cast of Key Characters Major Barbara

Undershaft "Conformist" [Barbara to Lady Britomart 65] Lady Britomart
has just informed the girls, Sarah and Barbara, that their father, Andrew

Undershaft, will be arriving at any time. She has already informed Stephen

Undershaft. Since it has been a long time ago, when they were babies, that

Andrew has seen the children she wishes for them to be on their best behavior.

Lady Brit wants to ask Andrew for money for the girls and their intended\'s,

Charles Lomax and Adolphus Cusins; therefore, she has asked them to be there
also. To accommodate her mother she attempts to conform to a ladylike
appearance. Quote: "All right, mother. We\'ll do you credit. [She comes off
the table, and sits in her chair with ladylike elegance]."
"Director" [Barbara to Shirley 83] Bill Walker has just assaulted two
women, Rummy and Jenny Hill, at the West Ham Shelter. He is looking for his
woman. Barbara comes out to take the names of the people who have arrived and to
save their souls. She takes control of the situation in a professional way. She
directs Shirley to sit down and for the gentlemen there to give her their names,
addresses, and trades. Barbara is trying to put order back to the disorder that
had just occurred. Quote: "Sit down: make yourself at home. [He hesitates;
but she puts a friendly hand on his shoulder and makes him obey]. Now then!

Since you\'ve made friends with us, we want to know all about you. Names and
addresses and trades." "Conniver" [Barbara to Bill Walker 84]

Shirley has given Barbara his name and trade. She then turns to Bill to give his
name. Bill refuses to give his name to her. She then tries to coax it out of
him, by making a note in her book and calling him chicken basically. Quote:
"[calmly making a note] Afraid to give his name. Any trade?
"Caregiver" [Barbara to Jenny 87] Barbara has been talking with Bill
about what he had done earlier to the women and trying to get him to see the
light. Bill tells her he is looking for his woman, Mog. Barbara tells him where
she is but it won\'t do him any good to go to get here back she has found another
man. She will more then likely convert him, because that is how she won her new
bow. She decides to let him think about this for awhile and turns her attentions
to Jenny. With sincere concern she asks if Jenny is all right and comforts her
with a gentle touch. Quote: "Poor little Jenny! Are you tired? Does it
hurt?" "Oppressor" [Barbara to Bill 89] Barbara has been talking
with her father about how he and Shirley are both Secularists. Andrew says his
religion is that of a millionaire. She says she is wrong they don\'t have
anything in common then. Barbara dismisses Shirley and turns to her father. He
asks about Bill. She says they will convert him in time. She seems to read

Bill\'s mind when she says she is sure her would like to smash Mog\'s head in. He
is amazed that she knew what he was thinking. She tries to scare him by saying
that his new companion is the devil. And when the devil comes round he depresses
people like him. Quote: "The devil, Bill. When he gets round people they
get miserable, just like you." "Fanatic" [Barbara to Bill 90]

Barbara is hell bent on saving Bill\'s soul she keeps talking to him about the
terrible thing he has done, hitting a good soul like Jenny Hill. She has become
relentless. Telling him to hold out against the conversion and that he hasn\'t a
heart. She is playing on his guilt to make him repent and