Sunday, July 12, 2009

other than that Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?

I was reading about Lincoln today and about his assass...assissss...asseesss...the time he was killed.

He and the missus were watching Our American Cousin. He was killed by John Wilkes Booth, who as you may know was part of the most famous acting family of the 19th century (his brother Edwin is considered by theater historians to be the greatest American actor of the 19th century and the greatest Hamlet in American history).

Wilkes knew the play well, and planned on shooting Lincoln after what was commonly considered the funniest line in the farcical production, so that no one would notice the sound of the gun being fired.

Here, reproduced for your reading pleasure, is that funniest of lines:

"Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal—you sockdologizing old man-trap..."


I give that line an unprecedented....FIVE LAUGHING BABIES!!

1 comment:

RLBO said...

a man trap sounds terrifying