Fridge Brilliance: Brand in the fifth act, having a soliloqui on the subject of pollution, among other things. He goes in detail on the "black british coal dust" embracing the country. And some hundred-odd years later, the problems of acid rain came to Norway as a dire consequence of british coal burning.
Glare upon me through the gloom !
Britain s smoke-cloud sinks corroding
On the land in noisome fume ;
Smirches all its tender bloom,
All its gracious verdure dashes,
Sweeping low with breath of bane,
Stealing sunlight from the plain,
Showering down like rain of ashes
On the city of God s doom.