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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Notes on "Romeo and Juliet" (6)

Act II
Scene iv

Line 72  I will bite thee by the ear . . .
this friendly threat is still used in Rome: Te dò 'n mòrzico su 'na recchia!

Lines 82-3  . . . now art thou Romeo; now art
thou what thou art by art . . .
the problem is, he must "refuse" his name and "be new baptiz'd"; from now on, his name "is no part of" himself, as stated in his dialog with Juliet in Act II, Scene ii

Line 157  . . . if you should deal double with her
Freudian projection: the Nurse will "deal double" with Juliet

Lines 199-200  . . . And she hath
the prettiest sententious of it, of you and rosemary
something having to do with "rose" (rising) and "marry"?

Scene v

Line 74  Must climb a bird's nest . . .
like a snake, not by chance

Lines 75-6  I am the drudge, and toil in your delight;
But you shall bear the burden soon at night
the Nurse as Queen Mab, see Act I, Scene iv, especially lines 54, 92-4