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Ian O'Doherty


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A dearth of mirth: Paul McGann and Richard E Grant in Withnail and I, the closing scene of which sums up current sentiments

A dearth of mirth: Paul McGann and Richard E Grant in Withnail and I, the closing scene of which sums up current sentiments

A dearth of mirth: Paul McGann and Richard E Grant in Withnail and I, the closing scene of which sums up current sentiments

‘I have of late — but wherefore I know not — lost all my mirth, forgone all customs of exercises and, indeed, it goes so heavily on my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory.”

The moving closing speech from the classic Withnail And I has been playing on my mind a lot recently. Yes, I realise that those words weren’t actually written by Withnail or the director Bruce Robinson but by some old dude from Birmingham who apparently wrote a couple of plays back in the olden days.


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