is a play by George Bernard Shaw
from 1905. It's about Barbara Undershaft, major of the Salvation Army (did you think they're called army for nothing?) who's in a moral conflict: Should she accept money from her estranged father, a producer of arms, or not?
The other members of the family: Lady Britomart, head of the family, which has fallen in hard times; Sarah, Barbara's sister; Charles Lomax, Sarah's husband; Adolphus Cusins, Barbara's significant other, a teacher for Greek; and Stephen, Barbara's brother.
- Arms Dealer: Andrew Undershaft.
- Catch Phrase: "Oh I say!" for Charles Lomax
- Decoy Protagonist
- Embarrassing Nickname: Cholly and Dolly for Charles [Lomax] and Adolphus [Cusins]
- Funetik Aksent: Price and Rummy, and other poor people.
- Grande Dame: Lady Britomart.
- Momma's Boy: Stephen. After having met his father, he finally stands up.
- The Nicknamer: Undershaft calls Cusins "Euripides". Cusins counters by calling Undershaft "Machiavelli".
- Take That: Undershaft saying "He [Stephen] knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career."
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Although set in 1906, a year after it was written, Undershaft mentions the military success of his "aerial battleships" despite the fact that very few zeppelins were operational at the time and the first bombing by one was not conducted until 1914.