Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Contrary to the last

They had a shotgun wedding

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen ("Hedda Gabler") died on this day in 1906.  Confined to bed in the last years of his life, one day the great writer heard his nurse tell a visitor that he was feeling better.

"On the contrary," he said, just before dying.

Also, on this day in 1934, outlaw Bonnie Parker died.  She and her lover and partner in crime, Clyde Barrow, robbed banks and committed at least a dozen murders.  Her epitaph:

“As the flowers are all made sweeter
  by the sunshine and the dew,
So this old world is made brighter
  by the lives
    of folks like you
.”