The good person of Szechwan
Brecht's famous parable, written in exile in 1939-41, shows that in an unjust society good can only survive by means of evil. In it, the gods come to earth in search of enough good people to justify their existence. They find Shen Teh, a good-hearted but penniless prostitute, and make her a gift that enables her to set up her own business. But her goodness brings ruin and she must disguise herself as a man in order to muster sufficient ruthlessness to survive.
Published in Methuen Drama's Modern Classics series, this edition features an introduction and extensive notes and textual variants.
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200 silver dollars airman audience back room barber BERTOLT BRECHT Brendan Behan Caucasian Chalk Circle cheque comes cousin crying day after tomorrow door drink Enter Exit fetch flying former carpenter gentleman girl give gods goes gone grandfather green cheese gremlin hand Harold Pinter hear heard Illustrious Jean Anouilh John Arden John Mortimer lady laughs leave live lodging look magistrates mean Miss Shen Teh morning nephew old woman once Pekin Person of Szechwan pilot police policeman rain realise rent rice round sacks sell shawl Shelagh Delaney shelves shin Shu Fu Shu Fu's buildings Shui Ta bows Shui Ta's shuita sister-in-law someone suppose Teh's tell there's things third tobacco tobacconist's told tomorrow turns unemployed voice wait walk wang Wang's water-seller wedding What's young