Doc (echsdoc) wrote,

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.

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