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Comic #734

1 Ophelia: {at her desk} Oh dear, I've made Will mad at me. How can I choose between our friendship and preserving Tolkien's vision?
2 Ophelia: No, I'm glad I said it. He'd never forgive himself if he did this. He'll thank me for it eventually. And then...
3 {scene: camera pulls back to show Ophelia at her desk and Will working at his desk on the other side of their shared cubicle partition}
4 Ophelia: {head on hands, on her desk} My state is desperate for my master's love; As I am woman, - now alas the day! - What thriftless sighs shall poor Ophelia breathe!

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Twelfth Night, Act II, scene 1.

Viola:

How will this fadge? my master loves her dearly;
And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;
And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me.
What will become of this? As I am man,
My state is desperate for my master's love;
As I am woman, - now alas the day! -
What thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe!
O time! thou must untangle this, not I;
It is too hard a knot for me to untie!
In this Shakespearean comedy, Viola is shipwrecked on a foreign shore. She masquerades as a castrated boy, Cesario, in order to take a job in the service of Duke Orsino. Orsino is in love with the fair lady Olivia, and asks Cesario to help him win her affections. Unfortunately, believing Viola to be the boy Cesario, Olivia falls in love with Cesario. And just to keep things simple, as Shakespeare is wont to do, Viola falls in love with Orsino. Which prompts this soliloquy by Viola.

Being a comedy, things work out in the end (though I won't spoil it for you by telling you how).

By the way, you can convert any Shakespearean comedy into a tragedy, simply by having one of the lead characters poison themselves just before they discover the truth, setting off a chain reaction of suicides as the others realise what has befallen them.

Also by the way, when I made the strip immediately before this one in this theme, #728, I considered it to be one of the best strips I'd ever done, in terms of dramatic tension and character development. And not a single person commented on it on the LiveJournal feed, by e-mail, or to me in person. I guess that just proves that I have no idea what the audience will actually like. :-)


2014-03-04 Rerun commentary: Fadge is an Irish name for a form of potato bread.

I guess Viola must have been doing some baking, and was wondering how her potato bread would turn out.

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