Thursday, June 9, 2016
From H. M. S. Pinafore, by W. S. Gilbert
POOR IN THE ESSENCE OF HAPPINESS
"In me there meet a combination of antithetical elements which are at eternal war with one another. Driven hither by objective influences — thither by subjective emotions — wafted one moment into blazing day, by mocking hope — plunged the next into the Cimmerian darkness of tangible despair, I am but a living ganglion of irreconcilable antagonisms. I hope I make myself clear, lady?"
From Act One, Ralph Rackstraw (Able Seaman)