Our Wordy Wednesday this week is taken from Romeo and Juliet, which is also the next Shakespeare in Action production, running April 6th – 22nd!
Meaning: A state of happiness based on false hope.
Shakespeare created many new words and phrases that have become part of our everyday language. This phrase was used by Juliet’s nurse in a conversation with Romeo in Act II, Scene 4. She wants to make sure that Romeo is honest and true in his intentions to marry Juliet, and will not “deal double” with the young girl. She does not want Juliet to suffer heartache by being led into a false state of love, a “fool’s paradise”. Romeo protests and begs the nurse to “commend me to thy lady and mistress.”
“Pray you, sir, a word:
and as I told you, my young lady bade me inquire you
out; what she bade me say, I will keep to myself:
but first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into
a fool’s paradise, as they say, it were a very gross
kind of behavior, as they say: for the gentlewoman
is young; and, therefore, if you should deal double
with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered
to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing.”
Check out http://shakespeareinaction.org/romeo-and-juliet for performance dates and times!