Something happens to an Also-Ran.
Something happens to the feet of a man
Who always comes in second in a foot-race.
He becomes a national unloved child,
A balding orphan, an aging adolecent
Who never got the biggest piece of candy.
Unloved children, of all ages, insinuate themselves
Into spotlights and rotogravures.
They stand on their hands and wiggle their feet.
Split pupils with their pounding! And their tonsils
Turn into organ pipes. Show me a shouter, And I’ll show you an also-ran. A might-have-been,
An almost was.
– Inherit the Wind, Act Three, Scene one.