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December 15, 2003



Excellently said. "I did it because I am a villain."


I believe Ted Bundy talked in a similar vein.


"It would appear the man is mad. Time spent down a hole with mice and almost a million dollars presumably isn't stabilizing, of course"

listen buddy, I don't think the love life of Walt Disney should be any concern of yours.

Ophelia Benson

"listen buddy, I don't think the love life of Walt Disney should be any concern of yours."

Very good.

There are quite a few tragedies of the same period as Titus (early '90s, possibly late '80s) where the villains talk like that. The Spanish Tragedy, The Jew of Malta. Probably the ur-Hamlet was like that. And the Duchess of Malfi almost went back to that style, though not quite. I think there was a heavy Seneca-influence at that time, which wore away as they had more practice (real, urban, theatrical drama was new in the late '80s) and got more sophisticated and artful. I wonder to what extent Seneca based characters like that on the writing of Tacitus and Suetonius. Caligula and Nero were that kind of self-relishing villain, in the portrayals of them by the highly partial later generation.

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