30 August, 2010

Cymbeline

Got a chance to watch a film production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline. The character Posthumus Leonatus describes the king's sons' actions as they compelled the retreating army to stand and fight: "their own nobleness, which could have turn'd/ A distaff to a lance."

A distaff to a lance, that would be quite a change.

When Imogen says, "Would I were/ A neat-herd's daughter, and my Leonatus/ Our neighbour shepherd's son," I wasn't quite sure what a neat-herd is. I looked it up. I think I know what neatsfoot oil is now too.

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