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while we may be able to make order out of the chaos of our world, our own lives remain unpredictable, but interesting. In the same way, he does not make any neat conclusions about any of the theories presented and leaves it to the reader to make sense of what Stoppard really means. The textual references in the play are both scientific and artistic: Fermat s last theorem and iterated algorithms in Thomasina s primer compared with Chater s inscription in the Couch of Eros and the Picadilly Recreation. Intertextuality is a major element of postmodernism and Stoppard uses this feature heavily, as he appropriates from texts by Newton, Byron and even Hannah s work-in-progress. The existential factor in the play, is very much a post-modern idea and Stoppard juxtaposes it with the

second law of thermodynamics in the endless list of theories and ideas that are paralleled in the play. The existential idea is most dominant when Thomasina dies; we do not feel sorry that she has, because she had fulfilled the most she could in her sixteen years. Throughout the last scene, characters such as Hannah, Chloe, Bernard and Valentine begin to understand the events of the nineteenth century. They begin to discover what Septimus and Thomasina had discovered long ago, along with being able to explain what happen to these characters. Along with new realizations, they also find information that disproves what seemed to be true. An example of this is when Bernard realizes that Mr. Chater had not been killed in a duel but rather by a monkey bite. At this point their story

changes and they are gradually learning more and more. This scene ends with Thomasina and Septimus engaged in a dance on the night before Thomasina’s seventeenth birthday. . The curtain closes as both Thomasina and Septimus fluently dance and so do Hannah and Gus, a rather unexpected scene. The last scene is the most confusing and the hardest scene to understand. This is primarily because Stoppard constantly alternates between the two time periods and intermixes dialogue from both. With the use of multiple conversations, the main objective of this scene is to show the viewer the connection between the characters of the nineteenth century and the twentieth century.