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
http://www.gutenberg.net 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 "emperor" is Charles V, who presided at the Diet.
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