Archive for May, 2009

Weeds (clothes)

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [4.7.4-8]. Kent. “To be acknowledg’d, madam, is o’erpaid./ All my reports go with the modest truth,/ Nor more nor clipp’d, but so.” Cordelia. “Be better suited./ These weeds are memories of those worser hours;/ I prithee, put them off.”

Costard

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [4.6.238-243]. Edgar (in Somerset dialect). “Good gentleman, go your gait, and let poor volk pass. An ‘chud ha’ bin zwagger’d out of my life,/ ‘twould not ha’ bin zo long as ’tis by a vortnight. Nay, come not near th’ old man; keep out, ‘che vor ye, or ise try whether your costard or my ballow be the harder. ‘Chill be plain with you.”

Garden water pots

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [4.6.194-197]. Lear. “No seconds? All myself?/ Why, this would make a man a man of salt/ To use his eyes for garden water-pots,/ Ay, and laying autumn’s dust.”

Flax

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [3.7.104-108]. Second Servant. “Let’s follow the old Earl, and get the Bedlam/ To lead him where he would. His roguish madness/ Allows itself to anything.” Third Servant. “Go thou. I’ll fetch some flax and whites of eggs/ To apply to his bleeding face. Now, heaven help him!”

Hedge-sparrow

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [1.4.211-214]. Fool. “For, you know, nuncle,/ ‘The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long/ That it had it head bit off by it young.’/ So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling.”