(Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance). Ten. An apprentice pirate who assumes that now he is 21 he can leave their employ, but learns he was born on 29 February and his 21st birthday will be in 1940! To escape the amorous attentions of his old nursemaid, he appeals for a wife and Mabel offers to marry him. Aria: Oh, is there not one maiden breast? Created (NY, 1879) by Hugh Talbot.