Tom Stoppard Is Right

You can't act death.

From the page of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" to which my Grove Press copy automatically opens:

The fact of it is nothing to do with seeing it happen -- it's not gasps and blood and falling about -- that isn't what makes it death. It's just a man failing to reappear, that's all -- now you see him, now you don't, that's the only thing that's real: here one minute and gone the next and never coming back -- an exit, unobtrusive and unannounced, a disappearance gathering weight as it goes on, until, finally, it is heavy with death.
December 15, 2009 12:00 AM | | Comments (1)


That's the way it works alright.


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