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Monday Mystery- Let It Snow!

Taking a cue from our recent weather, I wanted to know where ‘snow’ was referenced in Shakespeare’s works. Below are a few quotes in which Shakespeare uses the word ‘snow’. Can you tell me which play(s) these quotes were derived?

“If thou dost marry, I’ll give thee this plague for thy dowry:  be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery. Go, farewell. Or if thou wilt  needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go; and quickly too.  Farewell.”

“My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,  And, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin,  And both neglect. What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself with brother’s blood,  Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy  But to confront the visage of offence?”

“Pray you mark.  (Sings) White his shroud as the mountain snow-“

“And will he not come again?And will he not come again? No, no, he is dead;  Go to thy deathbed; He never will come again. His beard was as white as snow,  All flaxen was his poll. He is gone, he is gone, And we cast away moan.  God ‘a’mercy on his soul! And of all Christian souls, I pray God. God b’ wi’ you.”

Monday Mystery!

For today’s post, I wanted to ask you which of Shakespeare’s plays are mysteries? My research proved to be quite fascinating!

Today, if we were to say “mystery play”, we would use it to describe a play in which there is something to be solved by both the characters in the play and the audience. In Shakespeare’s time, mystery plays evolved from the principal kinds of vernacular drama in Europe during the Middle Ages, representing biblical subjects such as the Creation, Adam and Eve, and the Last Judgment (1). “Mystery” was used to describe things of a mystical or religious nature (2), and is derived from a sense of miracle (3).

With this insight, which of Shakespeare’s plays would you consider to be mysteries, and why?

Sources

1.  http://www.britannica.com/shakespeare/article-9054573

2. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/124644?rskey=Stb5D5&result=1#eid35211651

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_play

Posted by Tiffany Chan

Monday Mystery

Hi Everyone!

Here is a very mysterious quotation for you to peruse this today – spoken by a character who has a way with words. Can you guess who it is? Can you puzzle out what he’s saying?

Marry, sir, they have committed false report;moreover,

they have spoken untruths; secondarily,

they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have

belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust

things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.