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Tears of a Clown

When Carlini was convulsing Naples with laughter, a patient waited on a physician in that city, to obtain some remedy for excessive melancholy, which was rapidly consuming his life. The physician endeavored to cheer his spirits, and advised him to go to the theatre and see Carlini. He replied, "I am Carlini."

From The Comic by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Letters and Social Aims)

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Which . . .

. . . reinforces the idea that comedy often stems from sadness. And that the line between farce and tragedy is often a very thin one.