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In A Mellotone

Michael Lydon, Yale Daily News, 20 February 1964

THERE IS A scene in Genet's The Blacks when the white queen, cowering in fear of revolution, recites a jumbled litany of Western accomplishments and symbols to give herself strength. "Virgins of the Parthenon," she cries, "stained glass of Chartres, Lord Byron, Chopin, French cooking, the Unknown Soldier, Tyrolean songs, Aristotelian principles, heroic couplets, poppies, sunflowers, a touch of coquetry, vicarage gardens..." Her court responds with emotion, "Madam, we're here."

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