The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1710 Monday, 1 September 2003
Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2003 13:29:22 +0000
Subject: Up with the Lark
Rightly to be great is not to stir without great argument but greatly to
find quarrel in a straw when honour's at the stake. Poor Tom's (14.1691)
impertinent speculations and inaccurate delusions about my intentions
and activities have the stamp of much defect and the devil of a puritan
that he is he should be returned to Bedlam for a bit of the wrist
slapping he wishes upon others. Dost thou think because thou art
virtuous there shall be no more shapes to a tale? Pardon me, Sir, but
you're bad company. Your tale is mouldy and your script is foolish. Go
shake your ears and come with better music!
My conundrum thoughts lay upon suchlike as A&C (TLN 902 onwards) and
Tempest (TLN 1984 onwards) - substitute what you will - and they arose
without any "side-slapping fol-de-rol sarcastic satire". "Nunclers", I
would (!) imagine, lie in the catalogue of those who patronizingly opine
what other folk's "first sentences should really read something like".
And who patronizingly assume that the List has not the wit to work
things out for itself. As it is, I did not seek to "excuse", or for that
matter condemn, anyone for anything. Sneck up!
Yours 'gainst mongrel dogs who preach.*** (See below),
*** (Partly nicked from B. Dylan)
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