Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Are you supposed to be normal?

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In 1967, shortly after his play, The Birthday Party, opened on Broadway, the great Harold Pinter received a letter from a confused lady who, having recently watched the production, had some questions. Her missive, and Pinter's reply, can be seen below.

(Source: About Pinter; Image: Harold Pinter, via Intelligent Life.)

Dear Sir,

I would be obliged if you would kindly explain to me the meaning of your play, The Birthday Party. These are the points which I do not understand:

1. Who are the two men?
2. Where did Stanley come from?
3. Were they all supposed to be normal?

You will appreciate that without the answers to my questions, I cannot fully understand your play.

Yours faithfully,

[Redacted]

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Dear Madam,

I would be obliged if you would kindly explain to me the meaning of your letter. These are the points which I do not understand:

1. Who are you?
2. Where do you come from?
3. Are you supposed to be normal?

You will appreciate that without the answers to my questions, I cannot fully understand your letter.

Yours faithfully,

Harold Pinter