The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0506 Friday, 7 December 2012
Date: December 6, 2012 11:23:20 PM EST
Subject: Re: SHAKSPER: Ven. Dedication
>Larry Weiss asks why would WS incorporate a hidden
>message which only he would understand? I thought I
>had provided a reasonable scenario. He was evidently
>angry and frustrated with Wriothesley (see 3 above) and
>this was a uniquely satisfactory way of sticking up a finger
>at the cause of his distress (a person whom he could not
>take to task within the public eye). Like a disgruntled
>waiter spitting into the hamburger of his objectionable
>customer, who then proceeds to consume the mixture
>without anyone (but the waiter) being the wiser.
Ah, but the hamburger eater, like the man who consumes a spider in his drink, may well become ill as a result. If Southampton does not see the spider, he can suffer nothing. Shakespeare would have to have been supremely neurotic to derive satisfaction from his unperceived insult.