Ambition this shall tempt to rise,
And moody Madness laughing wild
Amid severest woe.
-from Thomas Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"
I wrapped up season 1 of Deadwood last night as a weeping mess on the couch. Between Doc Cochrane's angry prayer for God to take Rev. Smith, Joanie Stubbs' matter of fact declaration of incest and prostitution at the hands of her father, and Mr. Al Swearengen acting as an instrument of God and answering Doc's prayer, I could not keep the tears from flowing.