[PW] Quote: It was Shaw who advised young playwrights to gear the length of each act to the endurance of the human bladder

John Henderson jrhenderson9 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 18 07:09:29 PDT 2019

Reminds me of the story of astronomer Tycho Brahe who was said to have died of politeness. Either he died of a burst bladder, or more likely a bladder infection, all because he was unwilling to excuse himself to pee when he was in the company of the Danish King at a royal banquet.

Sounds to me like a good subject for a one-act play.

John Henderson
Librarian, Ithaca College, retired

> On Jul 18, 2019, at 3:48 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Way back on September 7, 2017 Fred Shapiro asked about a remark
> attributed to Alfred Hitchcock. Participants in the ensuing discussion
> uncovered valuable citations. Now the Quote Investigator website has
> an entry.
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2019/07/18/bladder/
> [Begin acknowledgement]
> Great thanks to top researcher Fred Shapiro whose inquiry led QI to
> formulate this question and perform this exploration. Special thanks
> to research colleagues Donna Halper, Barbara Schmidt, and Peter Reitan
> who identified crucial citations beginning in 1963. QI found the “San
> Francisco Examiner” citation.
> [End acknowledgement]
> Feedback welcome
> Garson
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