a spill at the plant increased the phosphates in the lake and produced a scum of algae so thick that the swamp smell filled the air, infiltrating the genteel mansions. debutantes cried over the misfortune of coming out in a season everyone would remember for its bad smell. the o’conners, however, came up with the ingenious solution of making the theme of their daughter alice’s debutante party “asphyxiation”. like everyone else, we went to forget about the lisbon girls.
“Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life.”
—Romeo + Juliet (1996)