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milosrdenstvi commented on the word the happy despatch
KO-KO. What are you going to do with that rope?
NANKI-POO. I am about to terminate an unendurable existence.
KO-KO. Terminate your existence? Oh, nonsense! What for?
NANKI-POO. Because you are going to marry the girl I adore.
KO-KO. Nonsense, sir. I won't permit it. I am a humane man, and if you attempt anything of the kind I shall order your instant arrest. Come, sir, desist at once or I summon my guard.
NANKI-POO. That's absurd. If you attempt to raise an alarm, I instantly perform the Happy Despatch with this dagger.
-- W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado
August 21, 2008