Sympathy

There is considerable debate about whether to pronounce the word in the usual way, or as "sympa-THIGH" (to rhyme with "die"). Existing D'Oyly Carte recordings make it the former and that makes sense; it doesn't rhyme, but it's easier to understand. David Bamberger (23) finds reason to think that in Gilbert's day both pronunciations were in use, so "simpuh THIGH" may have been what Gilbert had in mind. (He was, after all, a perfectionist in nearly all his rhyming.) So directors can take their choice and have it pronounced "simpuh THIGH" for artistic integrity, or "simpuh THEE" for clarity of meaning; and we suspect Gilbert himself would have found the decision difficult (260).

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Act II
Sketch of Something like this sort of thing