Sunday, May 1, 2011

Promus - 28 Romeo and Juliet - sleep as death

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

Part 2V

R&J  Act 3.5.219-21 & 226-7

(The Nurse advises Juliet to marry Count Paris, since Romeo is banished:)

Nurse:              An eagle, madam,
            Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye
            As Paris hath.
Juliet:   Speakest thou from thy heart?
Nurse:  And from my soul too, else beshrew them both.

Bacon's Promus entry 1174 (Folio 110):

"Quick of eye, hand, leg, the whole motion; strength of arm, leg, of activity, of sleight"

Bacon's Promus entry 1150 (Folio 108):

"Credidi propter quod locutus sum" ["I believed, and therefore I have spoken", from Psalm cxv, Vulgate]


R&J  Act 4.1.104-5

(Friar Lawrence gives Juliet a potion which will enable her to feign death, and so avoid marriage to Count Paris. He tells her the potion will make her "stiff and stark and cold appear, like death";)

"And in this borrowed likeness of shrunk death
Thou shalt continue two and forty hours"

Bacon's Promus entry 1205  (Folio 112):

"Stulte quid est somnus gelidae nisi mortis imago" ["Sleep is the image of cold death"]

[Note: see also A Midsummer's Night Dream 3.2.364: "Death-counterfeiting sleep"; and Macbeth 2.3.75: "Sleep, death's counterfeit".]

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