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by Tom Stoppard

Arcadia Literature and Writing Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene)

Quote #10

Bernard: Of course it's a disaster! I was on "The Breakfast Hour"!
Valentine: It doesn't mean Byron didn't fight a duel, it only means Chater wasn't killed in it.
Bernard: Oh, pull yourself together! -- do you think I'd have been on "The Breakfast Hour" if Byron had missed!
Hannah: Calm down, Bernard. Valentine's right.
Bernard: (Grasping at straws) Do you think so? You mean the Piccadilly reviews? Yes, two completely unknown Byron essays – and my discovery of the lines he added to "English Bards". That counts for something.
Hannah: (Tactfully) Very possible – persuasive, indeed. (2.7)

This seems a sly comment on the argument between Valentine and Bernard over whether it's personality or knowledge that matters – because the scandal-hungry public, personalities win every time. If Bernard's discovery were only a matter of literary knowledge, far fewer people would care.

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