The action takes place on February 7th between the hours of noon and six in the afternoon, close to the Trenartha Tin Plate Works, on the borders of England and Wales, where a strike has been in progress throughout the winter.
John Galsworthy is probably most famous in contemporary assessment of the early decades of the twentieth century for being one of the materialistic Edwardians condemned by Virginia Woolf. Woolf's criticism attacked the absence of internal, psychological development in Galsworthy's characters. Nonetheless, Strife is Galsworthy's attempt to represent the lack of empathy demonstrated by both the factory owners and a trades union official during a strike at the Trenartha Tin Plate Works, while calling attention to the suffering of the workers' families. Alternately sentimental and superficial, Strife falls short of making the kind of social commentary in drama that is usually credited to George Bernard Shaw.--Submitted by T. R. Baker
JOHN ANTHONY, Chairman of the Trenartha Tin Plate Works,
EDGAR ANTHONY, his Son,
FREDERIC H. WILDER,
WILLIAM SCANTLEBURY, Directors Of the same,
HENRY TENCH, Secretary of the same,
FRANCIS UNDERWOOD, C.E., Manager of the same,
SIMON HARNESS, a Trades Union official,
JOHN BULGIN, the workmen's committee,
EVANS, workman at the Trenartha Tin Plate Works,
A RED-HAIRED YOUTH,
FROST, valet to John Anthony,
ENID UNDERWOOD, Wife of Francis Underwood, daughter of John Anthony,
ANNIE ROBERTS, wife of David Roberts,
MADGE THOMAS, daughter of Henry Thomas,
MRS. ROUS, mother of George and Henry Rous,
MRS. BULGIN, wife of John Bulgin,
MRS. YEO, wife of a workman,
A PARLOURMAID to the Underwoods,
JAN, Madge's brother, a boy of ten, and
A CROWD OF MEN ON STRIKE
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