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May 20, 2009

TT: Almanac (apropos of The Letter, II)

GUILDENSTERN: You're familiar with the tragedies of antiquity, are you? The great homicidal classics? Matri, patri, fratri, sorrori, uxori and it goes without saying--

ROSENCRANTZ: Saucy--

GUILDENSTERN: --Suicidal--hm? Maidens aspiring to godheads--

ROSENCRANTZ: And vice versa--

GUILDENSTERN: Your kind of thing, is it?

PLAYER KING: Well, no, I can't say it is, really. We're more of the blood, love and rhetoric school.

GUILDENSTERN: Well, I'll leave the choice to you, if there is anything to choose between them.

PLAYER KING: They're hardly divisible, sir--well, I can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and I can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and I can do you all three concurrent or consecutive, but I can't do you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory--they're all blood, you see.

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Posted May 20, 2009 12:00 AM

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