The Libertine

Sunday 9th October 2016

Ophelia Lovibond and Dominic Cooper in The Libertine. Photo: Alastair Muir
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Text of the day: “Allow me to be frank at the commencement: you will not like me. No, I say you will not. The gentlemen will be envious and the ladies will be repelled. You will not like me now and you will like me a good deal less as we go on. Oh yes, I shall do things you will like. You will say ‘That was a noble impulse in him’ or ‘He played a brave part there’, but DO NOT WARM TO ME, it will not serve. When I become a BIT OF A CHARMER that is your danger sign for it prefaces the change into THE FULL REPTILE a few seconds later.” (Rochester in Stephen Jeffreys’s The Libertine)

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