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Thread #123950   Message #2734687
Posted By: MGM·Lion
29-Sep-09 - 10:47 PM
Thread Name: BS: Everyday Shakespeare
Subject: RE: BS: Everyday Shakespeare
THANK YOU, McGrath of Harlow — Why [or 'wherefore'] can nobody ever get it into their heads that 'Wherefore art thou Romeo?' DOESN'T mean 'Where are you, Romeo?'; it means 'WHY do you have to be called "Romeo"' [and so one of the other lot]? Juliet goes on 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy.'

It goes with the other vulgarity, that 'the Merchant of Venice' was Shylock. Of course, the eponymous dealer was Antonio — the whole point of the play is that Jews couldn't BE merchants so had to lend money to make a living at all.

Oh, what's the use. "I wonder you would still be talking, Signor Benedick. Nobody marks you."