Analogous to the extreme shortness of the text, its action is strongly limited, reduced to two faint cries, a birth-cry (vagitus
) at the beginning and a death-cry at the end and the actions of breathing in and out, accompanied by light effects.
durch drei parataktische Ausdrucke (auditae voces, vagitus
ingens, animae flentes) besonders stark hervorgehoben [...]; die zwei ersten Ausdrucke sind durch v, den Laut des starken Wehs (s.
In any case, some years back, a music writer for The Village Voice made a pilgrimage to the smoke-polluted, windowless, cinder-block venue, wherever its exact location, and while being introduced to some of the ancient musicians who'd been playing the Fabulous Club Gemini practically since the vagitus
of time, the pilgrim became so excited he momentarily lost his downtown cool.
Juvenal twice uses the verb of wailing or lamenting (edere vagitus
, 7.196; edere planctus, 10.261), and it has a decidedly aggressive tone in 3.296 when the street-thug accosts his victim at night: ede ubi consistas?