Friday, 14 September 2007

Death


Rosencrantz: What is your line?

Player: Tragedy, sir. Deaths and disclosures, universal and particular, denouements, both unexpected and inexorable, transvestite melodrama on all levels including the suggestive. We transport you into a world of intrigue and illusion -clowns, if you like. murderers -we can do you ghosts and battles, on the skirmish level, heroes, villains, tormented lovers -set pieces in the poetic vein; we can do you rapiers or rape or both, by all means, faithless wives and ravished virgins -flagrante delicto at price, but that comes under realism for which there are special terms. Getting warm, am I?

Rosencrantz(doubtfully): Well, I don't know...

Player: It costs little to watch, and little more if you happen to get caught up in the action, if that's your taste and times being what they are.

Rosencrantz: What are they?

Player: Indifferent.


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The quotation is from the play
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
by Tom Stoppard



12 comments:

Mick said...

You look marvelous in black, Susu. I must say that this is something very, very different from you. So different that I keep asking myself, where did this come from? And, you said that you weren't inspired by IF or TC lately...something inspired this and I like it very much. Yes as well to the quote. It's quite fascinating in concert with the piece.

SusuPetal said...

Well, I must tell you, that I'm not in the picture, although I look almost as dead, ha ha.

The inspiration came from the play by Stoppard, which I finished reading last night. I seldom have quotations in my blog (no need for that loving my own words so much, ha). That picture was born thanks to the play.

Thanks for your nice comment once again, Mick.

griesmail said...

This is very intriging. The picture and the story

SusuPetal said...

Yes, Trinije, somewhat disturbing, too.

KennethSF said...

Indifferent indeed are the times we live in! A lot of innocent people get caught up in the action, and the cost to them has been dear. Tom Stoppard is one of my favorite playwrights. I love the way he plays with words.

SusuPetal said...

Tom Stoppard has a skill with words, he makes words come easy and smooth, it looks like there's no effort in his writing and yet the meanings are nothing but light.

Peter said...

Never saw the play. Should I read the book?

SusuPetal said...

Yes, do read the play. It has also been filmed, Gary Oldman and Tim Roth in the title roles, worth seeing.

hpy said...

No, it doesn't look like you at all. You'rer not that yellow.

SusuPetal said...

That's true, HPY, my complexion is that of an English rose, do you remember:))

KennethSF said...

Helena Bonham Carter has been called the quintessential English rose ;-) She plays Ophelia to Mel Gibson's Hamlet in Zeffirelli's 1990 version.

SusuPetal said...

Well, she surely doesn't look anything like me:))