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  •  Aha! controversy! the curse handled well.... (1+ / 0-)
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    I disagree. More importantly, the five Italian American Verdi loving ladies of a certain age sitting behind me were incensed that it was badly handled....and it was they who who begged me to make my review about the curse and introduce the horses head.. [as reported in the Losers' Club diary]. More on Italian ladies below--after all Verdi is their popular culture.*

    Opera non-buff so still befuddled disagreement argument:

    If Rigoletto was indeed a gambler, yes a curse, even one from a passing arab sheik, would bother him. But, he is not likely a gambler--he saves his money--the two grand for the murderer poses no problem--And he could not be one and be  
    a jester.

    He is the outcast figure, by definition not like the others--low born, deformed, despicable--who as to stay on the edge to stay sharp as a knife. He has to stay so, as as to spy on the others who are always over the edge, conniving against the Duke and gambling and thus in debt. He can only be in debt to the Duke for his power of truth telling about the others' weaknesses. Jesters are instruments of the king's body, extensions of their absolute power. Lot's in medieval studies about them...
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    funny footnote
    *Italian ladies as to prove that it was not an ethnic pride thing to claim that the curse needed a mafioso, they assured me, that any gangster would do, Mayer Lansky for example-. I told them he was dead by 1960. Then I realized  they had meant to be kind and inclusive--some how they decided I looked Jewish and I had come out as the academic footnoter--as I am by nature.
    Aye Aye, and 4minutes countdown on the intermission clock

    So I told them I can from Manhattan where my hoitty toitty synagogue counted as its founders in the teens of the twentieth century a man of well established welath --not one of the new immigrants, more the Oscar Hammerstein Senior types who sent their sons to Columbia College--whose son went on to be a Lansky type gangster.

    1 minute countdown, we again are all famiglia, or mishpocha, and peace on earth......
    Amen. May the new Pope be as ecumenical as they.

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:16:42 AM PST

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