Archive for the ‘Shakespeare’ Category

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.”

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.”

Peascod

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [1.4.191-197]. Fool. “Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue; so your face bids me, though you say nothing./ Mum, mum,/ He that keeps nor crust nor crumb,/ Weary of all, shall want some. [Pointing to Lear.] That’s a sheal’d peascod.”

Branch

May 1, 2009

As You Like It, [4.2.3-6]. Jaques. “Let’s present him to the Duke, like a Roman conqueror; and it would do well to set the deer’s horns upon his head, for a branch of victory. Have you no song, forester, for this purpose?”