The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0082 Sunday, 17 January 1999.
Date: Saturday, 16 Jan 1999 15:13:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Brush Up Your Shakespeare
"Depending on what you decide, it [ 'our cherished system of justice' ]
will either be strengthened in its power to achieve justice or it will
go the way of so much of our moral infrastructure and become a mere
convention, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
- Rep. Henry Hyde (R, IL), 14 January 1999
I know the year is young and we will no doubt have additional worthy
candidates, but I want to be sure that when we are compiling our
"Silliest Shakespeare Allusions of 1999" we not forget Henry Hyde's
notable contribution to the genre.
Lest we forget the atmosphere of manufactured theatricality of the
"show" going on in the Capitol, the cameras pan back after each speech
to show the Chief Justice arrayed in the new gilded "costume" he
designed for himself in imitation of the outfit he enviously spied on
the lecherous Lord Chancellor in a recent Washington staging of
We can only hope the House "Managers" get their wish and force Clinton
to come to the chamber and testify so that they can try to stage their
own version of the deposition scene from "Richard II." I'm sure they
are already combing their Bartlett's for appropriate, or inappropriate,
lines to insert.
Tom Dale Keever