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The Pirates of Penzance (1983) Poster

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Samuel: I can explain in two words: we propose to marry your daughters.

[as the maidens are about to roll up their stockings to go wading]

Frederic: Stop, ladies, pray!

Maidens: A man!

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Mabel: Oh Frederic, can you not in the calm excellence of your wisdom reconcile it with your conscience to say something that will ease my father's sorrow?

Frederic: What?

Mabel: Can't you cheer him up?

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Pirate King: Do you mean that in order to save his contemptible life, he dared to impress upon our credulous simplicity?

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Sergeant: They come in force with stealthy stride. Our obvious course is now to hide!

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Fredric: You make it a point of never attacking a weaker party than yourselves, and when you attack a stronger one you invariably get thrashed!

[Pirates approach him with great indignation]

Pirate King: [Holding up finger] There's some truth in that.

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[as Major-General Stanley has just entered the scene, all except the Pirate King sing to the tune of "Pirate King"]

Samuel: For he is a Major General!

Daughters: He is, hurrah for the Major General!

Major General Stanley: And it is, it is a GLORIOUS thing to be a Major General.

All: IT IS! Hurrah for the Major General, hurrah for the Major General!

The Pirate King: That's the same as the "Pirate King" tune!

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Major General Stanley: Now that I've introduced my self I should like to know what's going on here?

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Frederic: OH, HORROR!

The Pirate King: What's the matter?

Frederic: Ought I tell you? No, no I cannot! And yet as one of your band...

The Pirate King: SPEAK OUT! I-CHARGE-YOU-BY-THAT-SENSE-OF-CONSCIENTIOUSNESS-TO-WHICH-WE-HAVE-NEVER-YET-APPEALED-IN-VAIN!

[All are astonished at this feat, including the Pirate King himself]

Pirate King: Yeah.

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Sergeant: We observe too great a stress / On the risks which on us press / And of reference a lack / To our chance of coming back! / Still, perhaps it would be wise/Not to carp or criticize / For it's very evident / These attentions are well meant...

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Pirate King: Don't swim, Fredric, take the dingy!

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Pirate King: Left, right, left, right.

[shouts]

Pirate King: Stop dinghy!

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[during an incredibly fast-paced song]

Pirate King: This-particularly-rapid-unintelligible-patter-isn't-generally-heard-and-if-it-is-it-doesn't-matter!

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Major General Stanley: Frederic here! Oh joy oh rapture! Summon your men and effect their capture

Mabel: Frederic save us!

Frederic: Beautiful Mabel, I would if I could but I am not able.

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Mabel: Hold, monsters! Ere your pirate caravanserai Proceed, against our will, to wed us all, Just bear in mind that we are Wards in Chancery, And our father is a Major-General!

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