Even the Moslems of ISIS might demur

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 08.46.38Dalrymple goes to the opera — Verdi’s The Fallen Woman at the ENO. He confirms that

of course there is an orgy scene.

He notes also that

when Germont sings his aria requesting Violetta to forgo the love of Alfredo for his daughter’s sake, who will not be able to marry the man she loves if Alfredo continues to live with a woman of such ill-repute as Violetta, the daughter is actually made to appear on the stage, unceremoniously and unlovingly pushed to the fore by her father.

The daughter is

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 08.39.57dressed in a beret and grey gabardine Mackintosh, and wearing thick glasses. She looks about 12, an awkward pubertal age, and more likely to grow up a bluestocking than a sensualist.

Dalrymple comments:

Even the most ferocious Moslems of ISIS would hardly have considered her old enough to marry.

More their type

More their type

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