The ancient convention, both classical and biblical, had surfaced in the emotions of the medieval poet of Alain de Lille's De planctu naturae, who suffered "from laughter to tears, from joy to grief, from merriment to lament, from jests to wailing."(13) Laura's "sweet clement laughter" is introduced in deliberate contrast to the bitter tears streaming down the poet's face.(14) Beyond tears, Laura's sweet laughter could emit deadly darts and one could die laughing.(15) Cruelly the woman laughs at
his weeping.(16) She is a woman of alternating moods, "pensiveness and silence, laughter and gaiety."(17)
Wampler's Postmasters show also included a couple of monitor-bound video pieces, which she calls "poor traits." In Moneypants, Wampler, playing father, laughs at
some kind of whoopee-cushion sounds while a dog - taking the part of Wampler - plays with money on the floor.