As the play winds on, some of Brentons political sympathies do emerge. He draws parallels between the Suez canal and our contemporary conflict, as when one character asks, Victory is all very well, but what do we do afterwards? But mostly Brenton contents himself with writing a straightforward, astute biographical play, full of historical figures and bon mots. In politics, Macmillan says, one learns to play the tart. But Brentona heretic with apparently a heart of goldoffers a sweet portrait. I may still reserve a special fondness for the acerbity of some of his earlier worksEpsom Downs, Pravdabut never so good well describes Brentons latest.