The Goodness of King George

There’s a throwaway line in Jean Anouilh’s A Waltz of the Toreadors that comes after the play’s central character, a jaded belle epoque general, complains about what hopeless frumps his two daughters are. When his naive young aide-de-camp replies that the girls have many good qualities, the general concedes as much but laments that they’re all the wrong ones.

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