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1910–1911 “A Very Honorable End”

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.003.0037
1910–1911 “A Very Honorable End”

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William Gilbert and Philip Hogg set off on what was to prove an eventful journey. Their first hurdle was to get across France, which had been hit by a partial train strike. They had to travel by car from Dieppe to Paris, arriving with only 20 minutes to spare to catch the train for Marseille. There was no dining car on board, and their only nourishment throughout the 16-hour journey was a sandwich. At Marseille, they learned that their ship, instead of sailing to Naples as planned, had been diverted because of an outbreak of cholera; but at least the detour gave them the opportunity to visit Monte Carlo, where Gilbert won at the casino. From the British Consul in Piraeus, Gilbert and Hogg finally obtained their passports, and from the Turkish Embassy their visas for Constantinople. This chapter ends with Gilbert's death and the legacy he and Arthur Sullivan left behind.

Keywords: William Gilbert; Philip Hogg; Paris; Marseille; cholera; Monte Carlo; casino; Constantinople; legacy; Arthur Sullivan

Chapter.  5302 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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