This play contains examples of:
- Adaptation Distillation / Compressed Adaptation: Mamet's version, which trims close to an hour and runs smoothly.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Mr. Voysey uses this to justify his scheming.
- The Ghost: Hugh's wife, Beatrice, in the new Mamet version.
- Mamet Speak: Mamet's version notably averts this.
- One Steve Limit: Defied in a particularly confusing example, with the elder Voysey's friend Mr. George Booth and his military son, Major Booth Voysey.
- Our Acts Are Different: Notable in that the original play is five acts, but Mamet's adaptation condenses it into four.