Friday, March 04, 2005

Quote of the (Fri)day

After a magnificent performance of MacBeth in London Wednesday night, can the quote of the week be anything other than the following masterpiece of Shakespeare's from Act 2 Scene iii?

MACDUFF: Was it so late, friend, ere you went to bed,
That you do lie so late?

Porter: 'Faith sir, we were carousing till the
second cock: and drink, sir, is a great
provoker of three things.

MACDUFF: What three things does drink especially provoke?

Porter: Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and
urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes;
it provokes the desire, but it takes
away the performance: therefore, much drink
may be said to be an equivocator with lechery:
it makes him, and it mars him; it sets
him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him,
and disheartens him; makes him stand to, and
not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him
in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him.


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