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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Woman Triumphs
By George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
 
From ‘Man and Superman

MENDOZA  [advancing between Violet and Tanner]—Sir: there are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it. Mine and yours, sir.  1
  Tanner—Mr. Mendoza: I have no heart’s desires. Ramsden it is very easy for you to call me a happy man: you are only a spectator. I am one of the principals; and I know better. Ann: stop tempting Tavy, and come back to me.  2
  Ann  [complying]—You are absurd, Jack.  [She takes his proffered arm.]  3
  Tanner  [continuing]—I solemnly say that I am not a happy man. Ann looks happy; but she is only triumphant, successful, victorious. That is not happiness, but the price for which the strong sell their happiness. What we have both done this afternoon is to renounce happiness, renounce freedom, renounce tranquillity, above all, renounce the romantic possibilities of an unknown future, for the cares of a household and a family. I beg that no man may seize the occasion to get half drunk and utter imbecile speeches and coarse pleasantries at my expense. We propose to furnish our own house according to our own taste; and I hereby give notice that the seven or eight traveling clocks, the four or five dressing cases, the salad bowls, the carvers and fish slicers, the copy of Tennyson in extra morocco, and all the other articles you are preparing to heap upon us, will be instantly sold, and the proceeds devoted to circulating free copies of the Revolutionist’s Handbook. The wedding will take place three days after our return to England, by special license, at the office of the district superintendent registrar, in the presence of my solicitor and his clerk, who, like his clients, will be in ordinary walking dress——  4
  Violet  [with intense conviction]—You are a brute, Jack.  5
  Ann  [looking at him with fond pride and caressing his arm]—Never mind her, dear. Go on talking.  6
  Tanner—Talking!
[Universal laughter.]
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