Questions on Things Said by Jaques
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0172 Wednesday, 27 July 2011
From: Philip Weller <
Date: July 26, 2011 1:08:10 PM EDT
Subject: Questions on Things Said by Jaques
I'm writing notes on As You Like It and have questions about couple of things Jaques says.
After getting Amiens and the other musical members of the Old Duke's merry men to sing a verse that mocks the singers, Jaques says, "I'll go sleep, if I can; if I cannot, I'll rail against all the first-born of Egypt." (http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com/as_you_like_it/As_You_Like_It_Act_2_Scene_5.html#59). I believe that the business about sleeping is Jaques' way of telling the others that he's bored with them, but I don't understand what point he's trying to make in saying "I'll rail against all the first-born of Egypt."
When Jaques joins the Old Duke's party for the sylvan banquet, looking "merrily" for once, he celebrates his discovery of Touchstone, and exclaims, "A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the forest, / A motley fool; a miserable world!" (http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com/as_you_like_it/As_You_Like_It_Act_2_Scene_7.html#12). In the following lines, he continues in the same celebratory vein. --My question is, how does "a miserable world!" fit in?
If you have some insights, I’d be grateful.
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