Am I alone and unobserved? I am!
It’s a quote from a song, of course. From Gilbert and Sullivan‘s Patience. Reginald Bunthorne, a poet, finding himself alone on stage, addressing the audience. The next line’s ‘Then, let me own, I’m an aesthetic sham!’ But for the curious, it’s a nice little late Victorian, post-modern, self-reflexive moment.
I think I may have this line engraved on my (virtual) tombstone….