Sunday, May 1, 2011

Promus - 18 Romeo and Juliet

Part 2 - Parallels between Bacon's Promus and Romeo and Juliet
(with special emphasis on Promus Folio 112)

Part 2L

R&J  Act 2.3.90

(Friar Lawrence has offered to help Romeo in his quest for Juliet's hand, but advises that things be done wisely and cautiously).

Friar Lawrence:  Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.

From Bacon's Promus entry 1487 (Folio 130B):

"Qui trop se haste en beau chemin, se fourvoye" ["He who hastes too much on a good road, loses his way"]


R&J  Act 2.4.28-9

(Benvolio and Mercutio are on the streets again. Mercutio derides the affected speech of people like Tybalt, a Capulet):

Mercutio:  The pox of such antic lisping affecting phantasimes, these new tuners of accent.

Bacon's Promus entries 1029 & 1030 (Folio 104B):

"Quid cum legitima fraudatur litera voce. Blaesaque fit jusso lingua coacta sono" ["What when a letter is defrauded of its lawful sound. And the forced tongue begins to lisp the sound commanded"; from Ovid Amores iii. 293-4].

Comment:  This is a criticism of affected speech.

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