The Earnest Prince
The Earnest Prince
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The format of this writing is that of a screenplay. Set in Great Britain in the latter half of the 19th Century, it is the story of Prince Albert Victor, the eldest son of Edward VII when he was the Prince of Wales – Heir-Apparent to the Throne after the eventual passing of Queen Victoria. Those who are students of English history will realize that Albert Victor never ascended to the Throne in his own right after the death of King Edward VII. His younger brother succeeded their father to become King George V.
This period also encompasses the days of terror in London when Jack The Ripper instilled fear and dread in every young woman who walked the streets of this capital city after dark. Rumors abounded that the killer might have been a member of high society – if not the Royal Family itself!
Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) is introduced to the London stage within the pages herein – but not before Scotland Yard had banned it temporarily so as not to alarm the populace while the Ripper murders were taking place in the Whitechapel district of the Capital. One of several assassination attempts on the life of Queen Victoria is recounted, as are several appearances by the playwright and wit Oscar Wilde. Upon reading this fascinating tale, one learns of the secret reason Wilde named his most famous writing: The Importance of being Earnest.
If one allows one’s prepubescent sons to indulge in this account which relates scenes of pre-teens at sea (not highly recommended by the Author), do not be surprised if they refuse to ever eat mangos again!