Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Victoria Park is still an important open space in Hackney, with most of the features described by Shaw. Mare Street–the location of a public hall in which Morell is to speak on the evening in which the play takes place–is the left hand roadway at the park end of Hackney Road.
St. Dominic’s parsonage. Hackney home of the Christian Socialist clergyman James Morell and his wife, Candida. Located only three minutes by horse-drawn Hansom cab from a train station, the parsonage is a semidetached building with a front garden and a flight of steps leading up from the path. The tradesmen’s entrance is down steps to the basement, which has a breakfast room in the front, used for all meals, as the formal dinning room is used as a meeting room, and a kitchen in the back. There are other rooms on an upper floor, including bedrooms.
The drawing room on the ground floor, where Morell works, has a large window overlooking Victoria. This room is furnished with a long table across the window with a revolving chair at one end where Morell habitually sits so that he can gaze at the park. The table is littered with pamphlets, letters, journals, nests of drawers and an office diary. A smaller table at the other end bears a typewriter, and Morell’s typist, Miss Proserpine Garrett, sits at the table with her back to the window. There is a chair for visitors in the center of the room.
The parsonage’s furniture is unpretentious, as would be expected in the home of a parson of limited means. The wall to the left of the window is fitted with bookshelves containing theological books. On the opposite wall is the entry door, and next to it, opposite the fireplace is a bookcase standing on a cabinet, near a sofa. A generous fire is burning in the fireplace with a comfortable armchair and a black japanned coal-scuttle to one side of the hearth; a miniature chair for children stands on the other. The hearth is surrounded by a fender and a rug lies on the floor before it. The mantle piece is made of varnished wood with neatly molded shelves, tiny bits of mirror let into the panels, and a traveling clock in a leather case on it. Above the fireplace hangs an autotype of the chief figure in Titian’s painting Assumption of the Virgin, chosen because Morell imagines a spiritual resemblance between the Virgin and his own wife that indicates the moral purity he believes his wife has.
Apart from the cluttered table, the room is neat and clean. This indicates a difference in the personalities of Reverend Morell and his wife.