Saturday, April 30, 2011

Parallel - Chasing a Gilded Butterfly

First, Shake-Speare:

"I saw him run after a gilden butterfly; and when he caught it he let it go again, and after it again, and over and over he comes, and up again, catch'd it again..."
Coriolanus  1.3.60-63

Then, Bacon:

"...and if her Majesty will not take me, it may be selling by parcels will be more gainful. For to be, as I have told you, a child following a bird, which when he is nearest flieth away and lighteth a little before, and then the child after it again, and so on ad infinitum...." Letter to Fulke Greville

Comment: The idea is the same, and both authors say "after it again".

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