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Fanny's First Play
George Bernard Shaw

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FANNY'S FIRST PLAY 

BY BERNARD SHAW 

1911 

PREFACE TO FANNY'S FIRST PLAY 

Fanny's First Play, being but a potboiler, needs no preface.  But its
lesson is not, I am sorry to say, unneeded.  Mere morality, or the
substitution of custom for conscience was once accounted a shameful
and cynical thing: people talked of right and wrong, of honor and
dishonor, of sin and grace, of salvation and damnation, not of
morality and immorality.  The word morality, if we met it in the
Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.
Nowadays we do not seem to know that there is any other test of
conduct except morality; and the result is that the young had better
have their souls awakened by disgrace, capture by the police, and a
month's hard labor, than drift along from their cradles to their

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