Not sure when I’ve seen a more manipulative, dejected pose from this one:
Ay, do, persevere, counterfeit sad looks,
Make mouths upon me when I turn my back;
Wink each at other; hold the sweet jest up:
This sport, well carried, shall be chronicled.
-Helena, Midsummer Night’s Dream
All I can say is that *somebody* knows how to work his momma’s soft spot when he wants to go out.