Sunday, May 1, 2011

Promus - 9 - Romeo and Juliet - Pathways

Parallels between Shake-Speare and Bacon's Promus

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

Part 2c

R&J Act 1.1.169-70

(Romeo, lamenting the rejection of his love by his first beloved, Rosaline, says:)

"Alas that love whose view is muffled still
Should without eyes see pathways to his will"
[i.e. "alas that Cupid, who is always blind, should yet see ways to strike his victims].

Now from Bacon's Promus entry 779 (in Folio 99B)

"Pedum visa est via" ["A pathway has been perceived", from Adagia 742]

[note: compare to Richard II, 1.2.31: "Thou show'st the naked pathway to thy life". Also Titus Adronicus 2.1.110-111: "A speedier course/ Must we pursue and I have found the path"].

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