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Neil Simon - The Governess

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Jessica Johnson

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Neil Simon - The Governess

Finally What did we learn about the life of a governess? Neil Simon Neil Simon's "The Governess" He has been called the best-loved playwright of the twentieth century.
He grew up in New York City and began writing for radio and television at an early age.
He is most famous for his work on the Odd Couple and Biloxi Blues. The Life of a Governess In the nineteenth century, upper class families in Europe and the United States would hire governesses to teach and raise their children.

Governesses often felt lonely because they did not belong to one class or the other. They were not servants and they could not be upper class. Lessons from "The Governess" It's better to be bold and demand what's yours than to be shy and trust in others to give it to you.
Not all jokes are funny.
People who think they are smart are not always as smart as they think. Vocabulary for "The Governess" Inferior - lower in rank, status, or quality
Discrepancies - a lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts
Discharged - to tell someone officially that they can or must leave, in particular.
Guileless - innocent and without deception
Ruble - a currency in Russia and Eastern Europe (.03=1 US Dollar)
Heirloom - something that has been passed down for generations
Governess - someone employed to teach and raise children
Assert - to express positively

Stage Directions These are notes that tell how a play should be performed. They describe the scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and most importantly tell how the characters feel.

Example:[It is late evening.]
[Excitedly] Hello!
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