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J.M Barrie said that he originally intended for Crichton to marry Lady Mary. How would this kind of ending have had a stronger satirical effect on the play? Do you have any tips or ideas to back up these claims?

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Oh my gosh!  If Crichton married Lady Mary, that would completely upset the British cup of tea, wouldn't it!?  The entire point is that British society is not evolved enough to accept a butler marrying an aristocrat.  If Crichton actually married Lady Mary, it would prove the opposite, that British society IS evolved enough to accept marriage in between class lines. 

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