Creatures of Impulse is a short story by English dramatist W. S. Gilbert,
which he later adapted for the stage with music by composer-conductor
Alberto Randegger. Both the short story and the play concern an unwanted and
ill-tempered old fairy who enchants people to behave in a manner opposite
their natures, with farcical results. The short story was written for The
Graphic's Christmas number of 1870, and the play was first produced at the
Court Theatre on 2 April 1871. It originally included six songs, but three
were eventually cut, and some productions dispensed with the music entirely.
While the lyrics survive, the music was never published and is lost. Reviews
of the play were mostly positive, though it was criticised for the lack of a
significant plot or superstructure to support its comic premise.
Nonetheless, reviewers found it enjoyable, and it was a modest success,
running for 91 performances and enjoying revivals into the early part of the
20th century. Gilbert had already written a considerable body of stories,
plays, poems, criticism and other works before writing Creatures of Impulse
and would go on to write the libretti to the famous Savoy operas (composed
by Arthur Sullivan) between 1871 and 1896.
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Moors after a four-month siege in what would be one of their only successes
during the Second Crusade.
The Dutch sailing ship Eendracht reached Shark Bay on the western coastline
of Australia, as documented on the Hartog Plate etched by explorer Dirk
Charge of the Light Brigade: Lord Cardigan led his cavalry to disaster in
the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War.
The Third Dáil adopted the Constitution of the Irish Free State, based on
the requirements of the Anglo-Irish Treaty establishing the first
independent Irish state to be recognised by the British.
The UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758, replacing the Republic of
China with the People's Republic of China as China's representative at the
Wiktionary's word of the day:
zoinks: (interj) Expressing surprise, fear, etc.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
We ought to hate very rarely, as it is too fatiguing; remain indifferent to
a great deal, forgive often and never forget.