<> Boyd090 Boyd Letters Boyd Estate 1978 May 24th Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Boyd090 Letter Rehearsal, Verdict English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/boyd090 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Boyd090_1.jpg LHL Archive 2 0ld Sir William had quite an influence on Oscar; a deep influence which I’d hoped I’d suggested. Perhaps I’ve somehow failed. But I wanted to have both parents in some dark genetic way responsible for the mixed-up man that Oscar became. Yes,the final third is a kit rushed I suppose. I thought that the prison yard scene might slow down the tempo a bit. The trouble of course is the usual one of selection-the most significant scenes HAVE to go in....And here God knows how it works-or fails to work. Only in rehearsal can one find out. Am glad that oul' rascal Harris comes scrossacross. I like him! The truth is Oscar deceived himself for a long long time: it took years for him to come ’out’ (AS THEY SAY THESE DAYS). We dont of course know as much about him as we think; but I only hope I havent got him too wrong. The polished exterior(as you call it) only cracked towards the end; the truth xxx came only then-not with Speranza. Perhaps I’m rationalizing the whole bloody thing now. Anyway you’ve made me think about the play again. (It has been out of my mind now for some months) Again many thanks. I know only too well how hard it is to comment on another's work. If the final verdict is 'agin' I'll still be grateful. In any case I'll be glad to know what the response will be. The sooner the better. With best wishes. John P.T.O Text