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Friday, November 04, 2005

Quote of the (Fri)day

Gongshow and I caught the closing night of Frayn's Democracy in London last summer. Extraordinary. Political intrigue, espionage, humour: a truly encompassing performance.

In a few scenes of the play, German Chancellor Willy Brandt is portrayed as a womanizer on the campaign trail, and at one point his aide asks him:

"What is it about women, Chief?" His response - sad, poetic, and rambling - ends thus:

"All the different people you can be with them... All the different ways your life might go."

'Tis tragic we get only one life to lead - and can only speculate about what might have been left behind along the road. That famous saudade of the Portuguese. The consequences of seemingly trivial decisions. Perfect conversation for Rum and Coke Friday conversation. Bring out the week's end.

3 Comments:

Blogger Shari said...

Seems as if beauty is the air this week... or maybe this time of year allows you the time to reflect on such things in such ways that they may have a greater impact.

Good quote.

10:17 PM  
Blogger James MacDuff said...

So lovely.

Shari - it was partly the earlier, "behind your eyes" post, that triggered the quote.

You need to get me Indy 500 tickets and then start yelling at me to come down. Or telling me how Bayh is the Senator above all others. Or just seducing me with words (the more likely and what you have been doing line).

Jim Nabors. Even in Canada, we count on him. If you can't hold on.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

I find it fascinating yet terrifying that you know that Gomer has made music.

I really don't know how to feel about this.

8:57 PM  

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