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Re: Roasted Crabs
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0438  Friday, 8 May 1998.

[1]     From:   Linda Lorenzo <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 May 1998 11:04:23 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Crab

[2]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 May 1998 15:56:39 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0431  Re: Roasted Crabs


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From:           Linda Lorenzo <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 May 1998 11:04:23 -0400
Subject:        Re: Crab

>And sometimes lurk I in a gossip's bowl,
>In very likeness of a roasted crab;
>And when she drinks, against her lips I bob,
>And on her wither'd dew-lap pour the ale.

>What is a roasted crab that can appear in ale?

I believe the line refers to Puck's assuming the likeness of a crab
apple, evidently roasted and put in ale. Mayhaps the precursor to
shandy?

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Date:           Thursday, 07 May 1998 15:56:39 -0400
Subject: 9.0431  Re: Roasted Crabs
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0431  Re: Roasted Crabs

Sean Lawrence writes:

>Basically, a roasted crab that appears in ale is a fairy with a penchant
>for disguise and trickery.  The original Robin Goodfellow is even more
>given to practical jokes than Shakespeare's Puck.

And I'd like to nominate Sean as the winner of the "crab" response.
That little apple (crabs are diminutive, used to try to eat them when I
was a kid, very sour) is really a little fairy!

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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