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Gilbert and SullivanA Dual Biography$
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Michael Ainger

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.001.0001

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1890–1891 Disentangling the Knot

1890–1891 Disentangling the Knot

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(p.317) CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX 1890–1891 Disentangling the Knot
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Gilbert and Sullivan
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Michael Ainger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.003.0027

The one thing that William Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, and Richard D'Oyly Carte would not have bargained for was that their private differences, made public in a court of law, would make them all ill. Sullivan's kidney ailment and Gilbert's gout were worsened by the stress they both were under; and Carte's abscesses were no doubt a direct result of the anxiety caused by his battle with Gilbert. The first attempt at a reconciliation came from Gilbert. However, it was a tentative move only; they still had a long and painful road to travel, along which injured pride could only gradually be repaired before they reached anything like a full reconciliation. In October 1891, Gilbert arrived at Queen's Mansions at midday. The two men sat and talked for two hours. “Full reconciliation & shook hands,” noted Sullivan. The last thread of that particularly troublesome knot had finally been disentangled.

Keywords:   William Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, Richard D'Oyly Carte, court, law, reconciliation, Queen's Mansions

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