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Pains and Penalties

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Excerpt from Pains and Penalties: The Defence of Queen Caroline, a Play in Four Acts

The Lord Chamberlain, it then appeared, had refused to license my play, not for the supposed reasons at all ou those I had been misinformed - but because it dealt with a sad historical episode of comparatively recent date in the life of an unhappy lady. The unhappy lady, as I at once pointed out, had been dead for ninety years, and during the whole of that period her memory had rested under a cloud which the main trend of my play was calculated to remove. Driven to give a public reason for his action, the Lord Cham berlain decided that such an attempt to rehabilitate her character was not to be allowed.

And so the pro-censorists must adapt their attitude of adulation and agreement with the Lord Chamber lain's thoughts, words, and actions to the new substitute for a reason which he has given them. Now it is no longer respect for the monarchic principle, but high toned chivalry which bids them stick their stings into me for endeavouring to secure production for this play. A few days before my persistency won me the trick, the Referee declared that I was guilty of triing when I asked the Lord Chamberlain to state publicly in what respect my play offended under the terms of the Act he was supposed to administer; it also accused me of not playing the game because I had refused to submit, without protest, to an unexplained veto.

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Hardback Editions

December 1937 : UK Hardback

Title: Pains and Penalties: Play (New Play)
Author(s): Laurence Housman
ISBN: 0-224-60291-8 / 978-0-224-60291-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback

Title: Pains and Penalties: The Defence of Queen Caroline, a Play in Four Acts (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Laurence Housman
ISBN: 1-331-03795-6 / 978-1-331-03795-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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May 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: Pains and penalties; the defence of Queen Caroline. A play in four acts
Author(s): Laurence Housman
ISBN: 1-151-45908-9 / 978-1-151-45908-4 (USA edition)
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