The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1027 Thursday, 17 June 1999.
From: John Savage <
Date: Wednesday 16 Jun 1999 09:11:12 -0400
Subject: Re: Chooseth
Comment: SHK 10.0993 Re: Chooseth
Judith Craig writes:
>Portia, wife of Brutus, was no fool and loved her man to the extent of
>swallowing hot coals when
>his fortunes changed.
Has this ever happened in history? Has anyone ever committed suicide by
swallowing hot coals? It would appear to be a physical impossibility;
long before the hot coals could do mortal damage they would be
rejected-like the instant they first touch the mouth.
(Not that I've tried it.)