Sunday, May 1, 2011

Promus - 27 Romeo and Juliet

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

Part 2U

R&J  Act 3.5 69 & 78

Lady Capulet (to Juliet):

"Evermore weeping for thy cousin's death?
Well, girl, thou weepst not so much for his death
As that the villain lives which slaughter'd him."

Bacon's Promus entry 799 (Folio 99B):

"Hinc illae lacrimae" ["The real cause of these tears is"; from Adagia 122]


R&J  Act 3.5.168-71

(Lord Capulet curses Juliet for her reluctance to marry Count Paris:)

Nurse:   God in heaven bless her.
             You are to blame, my Lord, to rate her so.
Capulet: And why, my Lady Wisdom? Hold your tongue,
             Good Prudence! Smatter with your gossips, go.

Bacon's Promus entry 228 (Folio 88):

"Prudens celat scientiam, stultus proclamat stultitiam" ["The prudent man
concealeth knowledge; but the fool proclaimeth his folly
"; from Proverbs xii 23]

Comment: In making Capulet address the Nurse sarcastically as Lady Wisdom and Good Prudence, Shake-Speare probably had the biblical proverb in mind. [Note: Compare also 3 Henry VI 4.7.61: "Tis wisdom to conceal our meaning"; and Troilus and Cresida 2.1.25: "Thou art a proclaimed fool".]

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