The pilot looked like he was festooned for a Shakespearean melodrama.
Sylvie had decided to ignore the antics as yet another Kohlerian melodrama, but she began to get concerned when Kohler failed to return at the proper time for his daily injections; the director’s physical condition required regular treatment, and when he decided to push his luck, the results were never pretty-respiratory shock, coughing fits, and a mad dash by the infirmary personnel.
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a mesmerizing melodrama of forbidden love
For an observer given to melodrama it would have appeared that the woman’s look was pleading.