Behind the Beyond

Behind the Beyond
and Other Contributions to Human Knowledge

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Behind the Beyond by Stephen Leacock

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1913

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Behind the Beyond
and Other Contributions to Human Knowledge

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A truly funny burlesque on the typical modern problem play, followed by humorous sketches of various subjects. The cleverness of Mr Leacock's work lies in his keen observation and apt portrayal of the foibles of humanity and not merely in a turn of words.

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well. Everybody says afterward that it was just splendid when she said "You."

Sir John stands gazing in horror. "Him! My God! He!" Mr. Harding says nothing. He looks very weak.

Lady Cicely unpetrifies first.

She breaks out, speaking through her nostrils. "Yes, I love him, I love him. I'm not ashamed of it. What right have you to deny it me? You gave me nothing. You made me a chattel, a thing----"

You can feel the rustle of indignation through the house at this. To make a woman a thing is the crowning horror of a problem play.

"You starved me here. You throttled me." Lady Cicely takes herself by the neck and throttles herself a little to show how.

"You smothered me. I couldn't breathe--and now I'm going, do you hear, going away, to life, to love, behind the beyond!" She gathers up Mr. Harding (practically) and carries him passionately away. He looks back weakly as he goes.

Sir John has sunk down upon a chair. His face is set.

"Jack," he mutters, "my God,

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Muses on the following:


BEHIND THE BEYOND

FAMILIAR INCIDENTS

o WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER

o THE DENTIST AND THE GAS

o MY LOST OPPORTUNITIES

o MY UNKNOWN FRIEND

o UNDER THE BARBER'S KNIFE

PARISIAN PASTIMES

o THE ADVANTAGES OF A POLITE EDUCATION

o THE JOYS OF PHILANTHROPY

o THE SIMPLE LIFE IN PARIS

o A VISIT TO VERSAILLES

o PARIS AT NIGHT

THE RETROACTIVE EXISTENCE OF MR. JUGGINS

MAKING A MAGAZINE

HOMER AND HUMBUG