''Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride'' is a satire by [[Creator/GilbertAndSullivan W. S. Gilbert with music by Arthur Sullivan]] on the aesthetic movement and the soldiers of the 35th Dragoon Guard. The play deals with two rival poets, the grouchy, effeminate and decadent Bunthorne, and the kind and gentle but vain and vapid Grosvenor.

Patience, a dairy maid who knows nothing of love, is told it is the only truly unselfish emotion, and so sets out to find such truly selfless love. The other characters are a male chorus of manly and dashing but dim dragoons, and a female chorus of languid and pretentious but charming maidens.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Lady Jane to Bunthorne. (While he wouldn't give any of his female admirers the time of day, he considers her the absolute worst.)
* AffectionateParody: The show makes fun of the "aesthetic movement" as popularized by Creator/OscarWilde, but Wilde himself was a fan and even went on tour in America to help publicize the show. (It helped that G&S's producer, Richard D'Oyly Carte, was also Wilde's booking agent.)
* [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys All Girls Want Decadent Poets]]: All except Patience, that is.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The soldiers love the maids, who all love Bunthorne, who loves Patience, who [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove loves nobody]].
* BachelorAuction: At one point, Bunthorne is prepared to raffle himself in marriage, angering the Dragoons since presumably one of their lovers would hold the winning ticket.
* BlessedWithSuck: Grosvener is SoBeautifulItsACurse.
* ChristmasCake: Lady Jane
* GrandeDame: Lady Jane, again.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Patience sings "For I Am Blithe and I Am Gay" in a song about her ignorance and innocence about love.
* HighClassGlass: Bunthorne, only in some productions
* HurricaneOfPuns: The second stanza of "The Magnet and The Churn."
* IronicEpisodeTitle: The subtitle is "Bunthorne's Bride"; as it turns out, Bunthorne's eventual bride is [[spoiler: nobody]].
* KickTheDog: Teasing Tom "punched his poor little sisters' heads/And Cayenne-peppered their four-post beds."
* ListSong / PatterSong: This ''is'' Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, after all. "If You Want a Receipt for that Popular Mystery..."
* MoralityBallad: Satirized in Grosvener's poems "Gentle Jane" and "Teasing Tom."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Any resemblance of certain characters in this play to OscarWilde is probably not unintentional.
* OpeningChorus: [[IAmSong "Twenty Lovesick Maidens We."]]
* {{Parody}}: Bunthorne's poetry and stylistic affectations satirized the "aesthetic movement" popularized by OscarWilde.
* PatterSong: "If You Want a Receipt for That Popular Mystery." (Doubles as an IAmSong since the Dragoons are introducing themselves.)
* PurpleProse: Parodied with the maidens who speak, for example, of the inner brotherhood of aesthetics being "consummately utter"; in other words, completely complete.
* ReferenceOverdosed: "If You Want a Receipt" rattles off {{Shout Out}}s to a bewildering number of famous figures, some of them well-known but many of them well into ViewersAreGeniuses territory.
* SexyManInstantHarem: Grosvener. "Conceive, then, the [[BlessedWithSuck horror of my situation]] when I tell you that it is my [[SoBeautifulItsACurse hideous destiny to be madly loved at first sight]] by [[UnwantedHarem every woman I come across]]!"
* SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids: Our female lead does not love, and is happy because she does not love (in both senses of the clause). She does admit love eventually ("I had no idea it was a duty!"). But after a third character is forced to renounce it, most of the other characters decide that romantic love is ''irrelevant.'' And, until the end, love is depicted as nothing but painful.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Bunthorne and Grosvenor
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Poor Grosvenor.
* StupidGood: Patience.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[{{Invoked}} Parodied]]. "If this young man expresses himself in terms too deep for me / Why, what a very singularly deep young man this deep young man must be!"
* TheIngenue: Patience is woefully naive when it comes to matters of love, which is a major plot point.
* UnwantedHarem: Played with. Bunthorne affects an interest in aesthetic poetry because he thinks it will get him an (un)wanted harem, and this actually works quite well... until the handsome Grosvener shows up, causing the ladies to immediately transfer their affections.
--> '''Grosvener''': Yes yes--I am aesthetic
---> and poetic.
--> '''All the Ladies''': Then, we love you!
--> '''Dragoons''': They love him! Horror!
--> '''Bunthorne and Patience''': They love him! Horror!
--> '''Grosvener''': They love me! Horror! Horror! Horror!
* ViewersAreGeniuses: If you get even half the references in "If You Want a Receipt for that Popular Mystery," you may consider yourself remarkably well-read.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: The eponymous character specifically does not, in the beginning, understand why all the other women love when it is clear that LoveHurts. When it is explained to her, she immediately sets out to fall in love:
--->'''Patience''': I had no idea that love was a duty!

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