What if Shakespeare…were a WEATHER FORECASTER?

For Toronto, Ontario, Canada – June 11-17th

(Reasonably accurate, though, I wouldn’t bet your best jumper on it)

MONDAY:  Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun (1).  But, in the midst of this bright-shining day, / I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud, / That will encounter with our glorious sun (2).  So foul a sky clears not without a storm (3).  It will be rain to-night (4).  Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder,/ Such groans of roaring wind and rain (5).  High 28.

TUESDAY:  A glooming peace this morning with it brings; / The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head (6).  Another storm brewing; I hear it sing i’ the wind: yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a foul bombard that would shed his liquor (7).  Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short (8).  High 25.

WEDNESDAY:  The sun, / Who doth permit the base contagious clouds / To smother up his beauty from the world, / …please again to be himself (9)!  High 22.

THURSDAY:   The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night, / Chequering the eastern clouds with streaks of light… / …the sun advance his burning eye / The day to cheer and night’s dank dew to dry (10).  High 21.

THE WEEKEND – FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY:  Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun; / Not separated with racking clouds, / But sever’d in a pale clear-shining sky (11).  High 23, 26, and 29.

And so, farewell.  Fair weather after you!  (12)

Using TLNs (through line numbers):

1)  Richard III, I.i, 1-2

2)  Henry VI, Part III; V.iii, 2777-2779

3)  King John, V.ii, 1833

4)  Macbeth, III.ii, 1257

5)  King Lear, III.ii, 1718-1719

6)  Romeo & Juliet, V.iii, 3280-3281

7)  The Tempest, II.ii, 1101-1104

8)  Richard II, II.ii, 713

9)  Henry IV, Part I; I.ii; 297-300

10)  Romeo & Juliet, II.iii, 1055-1056 and 1059-1060

11)  Henry VI, Part III; II.i; 651-653

12)  Loves Labour Lost, I.ii, 439-440




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