The Burning Glass, Charles Morgan


Title: The Burning Glass

Author: Charles Morgan

Typology: Drama

Language: English

Year: 2013

Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd

Colection: Charles Morgan: Three Plays

ISBN: 978-2-7381-1210-1

Synopsis: The Burning Glass, by Charles Morgan, is one more melodrama in which a scientist discovers a new source of power —this time by harnessing the heat of the sun.

The author of The Fountain is a stylishly earnest writer who, while posing philosophic debates over when the new weapon should be used, offers cultivated characters who spout Shakespeare and Keats and dress regularly for destruction.

They are all cozily upper-class — indeed, the Prime Minister who hurriedly arrives to claim Christopher Terriford’s momentous formula for Britain was once a beau of Christopher’s lady mother. But Scientist Christopher as firmly resists the P.M. on moral grounds: arguing that spiritual matters, today, lag far behind scientific ones. Christopher will surrender his formula only in time of war or dire necessity.

Meanwhile Christopher’s chief assistant — who is in love with Christopher’s wife — talks too much to a white-tied foreign gentleman, and Christopher is kidnaped.