Fiorello: Hey, wait, wait. What does this say here, this thing here?
Driftwood: Oh, that? Oh, that’s the usual clause that’s in every contract. That just says, uh, it says, uh, if any of the parties participating in this contract are shown not to be in their right mind, the entire agreement is automatically nullified.
Fiorello: Well, I don’t know…
Driftwood: It’s all right. That’s, that’s in every contract. That’s, that’s what they call a sanity clause.
Fiorello: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can’t fool me. There ain’t no Sanity Clause!
The first film that the Marx Brothers made for MGM, A Night at the Opera is on my list of top-5 films. The scene above never fails to brighten my mood.
I am invoking the Sanity Clause on my participation in the Art of the Novella Reading Challenge. Thirteen books down, I am beyond Passionate. With the last novella, I reached my delight ceiling and this challenge began to feel less like fun and more like hard slog. For the rest of the month I’ll be cheerleading Frances in her continued attempt to read all 42 novellas in the series.
The thirteen books I read for the Art of the Novella Reading Challenge were:
- Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
- First Love by Ivan Turgenev
- The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain
- The Duel by Joseph Conrad
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- My Life by Chekhov
- Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
- Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance by Sholem Aleichem
- The Devil by Tolstoy
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- The Death of Ivan Ilych by Tolstoy
- The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl by Italo Svevo
- Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley