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Much Ado Citation in Romantic Comedy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2051  Friday, 24 August 2001

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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
orgasm.

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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