Questions tagged [the-pirates-of-penzance]

Questions about the comic opera 'The Pirates of Penzance' (1879) with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. Use with the tag [gilbert-and-sullivan].

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In "Pirates of Penzance", why do the pirates go on to land after Frederic?

After Frederic meets Mabel and warns the girls of the pirates, the pirates come and try to kidnap the girls. Why did the pirates come on land, and if they were going to go on land why did the Pirate ...
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Is Frederic 21 or 22 in "Pirates of Penzance"?

As we discover in act 2, Frederic has "lived twenty-one years" or "Years twenty-one I’ve been alive". Yet in the opening chorus it states: Two and twenty, now he’s rising, So ...
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What does it mean to "floor peculiarities parabolous" in conics, from The Pirates of Penzance?

In his song in The Pirates of Penzance, the Major-General states that he can "floor peculiarities parabolous," and do it "in conics." I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's; I ...
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