The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0126 Monday, 19 January 2004
From: Mel Leventhal <
Date: Thursday, 15 Jan 2004 23:41:32 EST
Subject: 15.0106 Lusty Apes in Hell?
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0106 Lusty Apes in Hell?
According to R.W. Dent, it was proverbial in the 16th Century.
Dent dates the rape notion to Peele's, The Arraignment of Paris, 1581:
"All that be Dians maides are vowed to halter [hang or lead to the
gallows] apes in hell. . . . Leade apes who list [lust]. See R. W.
Dent, Proverbial Language in English Drama Exclusive of Shakespeare,
(1984), Appendix A, p. 494; and R.W. Dent, Shakespeare's Proverbial
Language, (1981) Appendix A, p. 163, noting that Shakespeare used the
proverb, as you have stated, in both Shrew and Ado.
I believe that Morris Palmer Tilley's dictionary of proverbs (1950) --
the groundbreaking work upon which Dent and others build -- also
includes this proverb.
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