The Garden Where Nothing Will Grow

Bentley, Eric
March 1956
New Republic;3/26/56, Vol. 134 Issue 13, p21
Entertainment Review
The article presents information on the theatrical production "The Chalk Garden," by Enid Bagnold. The Chalk Garden is prima facie a sort of drawing-room play to end all drawing-room plays. To symbolize that fact, as it were, the old butler Pinkbell is dying all through and does die in the last scene; while the new butler belongs to the time when servants are recruited from "the sick, the mad, and those who can't take their places in the outside world." Saint Mauginin, the grandmother, is the last lady: "I don't entertain any more. The fight's over. Even the table is laid with fragments of forgotten ritual"--for she doesn't know why she's ordered two wine glasses each or whether forks are to be placed outside spoons or vice versa.


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