The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1292 Saturday, 12 December 1998.
Date: Thursday, 10 Dec 1998 07:32:50 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Questions on R&J
Two questions from my 15-year-old Honors students about R&J:
In the nurse's speech in 1.3, she speaks of Juliet's weaning and says
that she had upon her head a bump big "as a young cockerel's stone."
The Arden footnotes "stone" as "testicle." However, cokerels'
reproductive organs are not external, are they? (This question needs
answering by a poultry expert, not a Shakespeare expert, no doubt <g>!)
In the same vein, the students wanted to know if "cock" as a slang term
for penis was current in Elizabethan times.
This is a really alert group!
Thanks for any help; I'll be sharing answers w/ the class from my