Mark Twain - Chekhov & Comedy Shorts TV - Lord Byron - David Attenborough TV -
I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him. Mark Twain
But before we have our duel will you please show me how to use the damned things. I’ve never even touched one before. Chekhov: Comedy Shorts: The Bear starring Julian Barratt & Julia David & Reece Shearsmith, widow to debt collector, Sky Arts 2010
I won’t rest until I’ve put a bullet through your thick head. ibid.
Marry you? I intend to shoot you on the field of honour. ibid.
A duel is a duel. I want to fight. Anton Chekhov, The Duel, Sky Arts 2012
It has a strange, quick jar upon the ear,
That cocking of a pistol, when you know
A moment more will bring the sight to bear
Upon your person, twelve yards off or so. Lord Byron, Don Juan
The duels between hunter and hunted are as dramatic as any event in the natural world. The stakes could not be higher. For both it’s a matter of life and death. Yet surprisingly, it’s the hunters who usually fail. David Attenborough, The Hunt I: The Hardest Challenge, BBC 2015
The long duels between hunter and hunted fought out on the open plains led to a great development of team work and communication. David Attenborough: Life on Earth: Mammals (revised series)