A really bad critic. This may be a dig at a misguided journalist who was identified only as “Our Captious Critic” and who once wrote a most disparaging column about The Gondoliers in particular and the Savoy operas in general. As for professional critics, Oliver Wendell Holmes had these lines: “Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.”

Act II