2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2211  Wednesday, 6 November 2002

From:           Martin Steward <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 5 Nov 2002 18:03:31 -0000
Subject: 13.2202 Death and Orgasm
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2202 Death and Orgasm

"Another explanation is inherent in the folk belief that a person is
born with a certain number of orgasms in him (her too, sans doute) and
that when the last has been spent, the person dies.  This, it says, is
why <orgasm> in modern French is called <le petit mort>, a little death
in the sense that it foreshadows the approaching real death when all the
allotted orgasms will have been spent"

One assumes that this is what "Th' expense of spirit in a waste of
shame" (sonnet 129) is all about, though no one has mentioned it yet in
this stand, as far as I recall.

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