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H.M.S. Pinafore And Six Other Savoy Operas
HMS Pinafore And Six Other Savoy Operas Author:Gilbert, W. S. W. S. Gilbert scorned aging ladies, gushing ladies, minor officials, and staid institutions. His ideal was Patience, the sane and breezy milkmaid, whose devastating normality overcomes the tradition of family escutcheons, class distinctions, and bureaucracy. Not surprisingly, one of his worse enemies was Queen Victoria, the most reactionary Old ... more »Lady of them all.
Without the sugar-coating of Sullivan's music, Gilbert's plays read as uproarious satires on Victoria's England, turning all its charished dignity topsy-turvy in whimsical complications of plot.
TRIAL BY JURY is a zany breach-of-promise case in a British court. In THE SORCERER a village tea party (organized by the Vicar) magically becomes a matrimonial orgy. H.M.S.PINAFORE fires a broadside at the Royal Navy, while his other plays ridicult the House of Lords, the Police, the Aesthetic Movement, and Women's Education.
Anthony Hope's inscription on the W. S. Gilbert Memorial in London reads - "His Foe Was Folly and His Weapon Wit." Time has not diminished man's folly or blunted Gilbert's wit.« less