"Variety, Miss Astley, which age cannot wither, nor custom stale."
'Anthony and Cleopatra' by Alma-Tadema (1885)
Public Domain'Anthony and Cleopatra' by Alma-Tadema (1885) - Credit: Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912)
Variety is another term for Music Hall.


Mr Bliss is playing with a quote from Act II Scene 2 of Shakespeare's tragedy Anthony and Cleopatra.

The original lines, spoken by Enobarbus, are an attempt to explain why his master Mark Anthony will never be able to relinquish Cleopatra:


Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale

Her infinite variety: other women cloy

The appetites they feed: but she makes hungry

Where most she satisfies.

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