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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Notes on "Romeo and Juliet" (11)

Scene iv

Lines 20-21  A Thursday let it be; a Thursday, tell her,
She shall be married to this noble earl
Thursday, actually, is when Juliet awakes in the grave

Line 23  We'll keep no great ado ‒ a friend or two
Capulet lies

Line 32  Prepare her, wife, against this wedding-day
The hidden wisdom of language! Juliet surely prepares to be "against" this wedding day.

Scene v

Lines 12-13  Yond light is not daylight; I know it, I:
It is some meteor . . .
usually a sign of ill omen in the Renaissance

Line 40  The day is broke; be wary, look about
possibly twisting Romans 13.11

Lines 55-6  . . . now thou art below,
As one dead in the bottom of a tomb
by a simile referring to Romeo, Juliet describes her own condition in a short while

Line 74  Yet let me weep for such a feeling [pause] loss
Juliet covers her true "feeling" with a witty last-second addition

Line 89  Where that same banish'd runagate . . .
an English word misspelling the Italian rinnegato, i.e. "renegade" or more generally "bad guy," so that it is interpreted as someone who runs toward the city gates in order to flee -- Primo Levi once made this remark, commenting on a passage from Robinson Crusoe