The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2051 Friday, 24 August 2001
Date: Thursday, 23 Aug 2001 13:08:27 -0400
Subject: Much Ado Citation in Romantic Comedy
The following exchange is in the African-American romantic comedy, Class
Act 1992 dir. Randall Miller USA. Sound, col., 98 mins:
Woman: In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare says, "I will live in thy
ear, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes" [5.2.102-03].
Duncan (Christopher Reid): So?
Woman: Well, in Shakespeare's day "to die" meant to have a sexual
Man: Yo, you mean my man Shakespeare wrote about a guy poppin' some
coochie?! I mean "making love?"
Woman: Well, I guess you could say that.
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