In Shaw's lengthy version of the story of the Maid of Orleans, there is an epilogue in which, years later, Joan converses with her captors, judges and jailers and all agree upon her innocence but their ghosts are horrified at her suggestion that she return again. He ends the play with Joan commenting on the perversity of human nature:
"0 God that madest this beautiful
earth, when will it be
ready to receive Thy saints?
How long, 0 Lord, how long?"