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Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Crabtownboy, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member
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    Happy birthday Shakespeare! Well, not really. He died on this date in 1616 ... 400 years ago and is still considered the greatest of writers.

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    Ok, I'm drawing a blank on the hand holding the handkerchief. Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer NIght's Dream (I played Francis Flute in 8th grade), and King Lear. But that last one just isn't ringing a bell.

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    I believe the only you ask about is Othello. Othello gave the handkerchief Desdemona. It was a token or symbol of his love.

    From Act III Scene IV Othello says:

    That is a fault.
    That handkerchief
    Did an Egyptian to my mother give;
    She was a charmer, and could almost read
    The thoughts of people: she told her, while
    she kept it,
    'Twould make her amiable and subdue my father
    Entirely to her love, but if she lost it 60
    Or made gift of it, my father's eye
    Should hold her loathed and his spirits should hunt
    After new fancies: she, dying, gave it me;
    And bid me, when my fate would have me wive,
    To give it her. I did so: and take heed on't;
    Make it a darling like your precious eye;
    To lose't or give't away were such perdition
    As nothing else could match.


     
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    Ah, thanks for the assist.
     
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