s distance from his family and indeed from any displays of affection is evident from the fact that he mistakes Lomax for his son Stephen in the initial encounter. An affirmed industrialist and pragmatist, he believes only in the power of wealth and military might as the solution to all the problems of mankind. He is proud of the fact that his weapons have the ability to blow up society but fails to see that he has no part in the creation of society. He, of course, assumes that another group of people will take its place and society will not be the worse off. He thus has a completely false perception that the rich can clean up the dirt in the society that they don’t like till civilization produces people with which they can reconcile or be compatible. But the reality is that the rich tend to corrupt everything they touch, and Lord Undershaft’s decision to buy out the Salvation Army is not surprising. For this reason, he states that money and gunpowder are the real changes of society, and the persons who own them are the real gods of the world (Albert, 37). The second act opens in the West Ham shelter of the Salvation Army. The dialogue between Price and Rummy reveals that Price is in the Salvation Army because he does not want to work, blasphemes, hates capitalists, gambles, beats his mother and steals. Murray's Mother-In-Law to Major Barbara.
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