Monday, May 10

Shakespeare

Macbeth
Act 2, Scene 3

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:

Merry, 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.?

1 comment:

tj808 said...

Amazing use of words for a subject that is not easy to put into words without appearing to be vulgar. To think this guy wrote this 400 years ago...and it's truth is so relevent today.

I never knew of this quote...before now..so thanks.

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