October 24th, 2006

Interesting words

"Justice is a thing we know little or nothing about. Often at night we awaken out of a deep sleep, trembling from head to foot, fearing justice may be done us."
Sherwood Anderson

Shakespeare's bastard

I was reading today about Sir William Davenant, who was supposedly the bastard son of William Shakespeare. He was Poet Laureate in the 17th Century. Anyway, the interesting detail is that his nose fell off (yes, he lost his nose) because of a case of syphilis. An old lady once passed him and said, "Bless your eyes." He asked why she said that and she answered that his vision better stay sharp, as he would have no way to prop up glasses to see, being noseless.

I think losing your nose would be sad, don't you? And funny.

Running from humiliation, never works

"This Earle of Oxford, making of his low obeisance to Queen Elizabeth, happened to let a Fart, at which he was so abashed and ashamed then he went to Travell, 7 years. On his returne the queen welcomed him home and sayd, My Lord, I had forgott the Fart."
from John Aubrey's Brief Lives

Ha, Ha, Ha.