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Re: CHAT: Diet of Worms (was CHAT: Pronunciation)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, September 8, 2000, 17:25
Doug Ball wrote:

> There's a pun on the Diet of Worms in Hamlet, somewhere around when Claudius > is inquiring of Hamlet where he stashed Polonius' body (unfortunately can't > say exactly where, especially since I don't have any Shakespeare in my > personal library). I was pretty amused although I think a lot of my > classmates missed it, but then again, the puns are my favorite part of > Shakespeare. to the rescue, from Act IV, Scene iii: King. Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius? Ham. At supper. King. At supper! where? Ham. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service,--two dishes, but to one table: that's the end. The "emperor" is Charles V, who presided at the Diet. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein