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Dante, Petrarch and Poe

Sunday, 01 March 2015 13:26

HUMBERT
To a nymphic-driven man like Poe or Dante Alighieri,
Ordinary love is, all in all, too ordinary.
How can you compare a woman's Chase-Manhattan charm
With dusty little toes, a sticky hand, a scrawny arm?

QUILTY
Dusty little toes?!

HUMBERT
A dimpled flank, a bony shoulder
Sink into the flab and disappear when she is older.

...QUILTY (to Charlotte)
Who is that viper
Who likes them post-diaper?

Music John Barry
Original Lyrics: Alan J. Lerner

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