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PLAY: Othello ACT/SCENE: 2.1 SPEAKER: CONTEXT: A knave very voluble, no further conscionable than in putting on the mere form of civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing of his salt and most hidden loose affection. Why, none, why, none! A slipper and subtle knave, a finder of occasions that has an eye, can stamp and counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never present itself. A devilish knave. Besides, the knave is handsome, young, and hath all those requisites in him that folly and green minds look after. A pestilent complete knave, and the woman hath found him already. DUTCH: Een geslepen, gladde schelm; een gelegenheidsnajager, met een oog om voordeeltjens te stempelen en na te bootsen, al bood geen echt voordeel zich ooit aan; een verduivelde schelm! MORE:
Slipper=Deceitful, slippery
Voluble=Plausible, glib
Humane=Polite, civil

A slippery (or dangerous) business=Een gevaarlyke bezigheid
Conscionable=Gemoedelyk, billyk
Humane=Menschelyk, beleefd, heusch Topics: deceit, appearance, relationship, reputation, manipulation

PLAY: Hamlet
An earnest conjuration from the king,
As England was his faithful tributary,
As love between them like the palm might flourish,
As peace should stiff her wheaten garland wear
And stand a comma ’tween their amities,
And many suchlike “as’s” of great charge,
That, on the view and knowing of these contents,
Without debatement further, more or less,
He should the bearers put to sudden death,
Not shriving time allowed.

Zoo waar de vrede met haar arenkrans
Hun beider handen innig saam zou voegen,
En menig ander zwaar „Zoo waar” nog meer, –
Dat hij, na kennismaking van ‘t geschrift,
Fluks, zonder overwegen, zonder dralen,
Ja, zonder biechttijd toe te staan, de brengers
Zou doen onthoofden.

Shriving=To hear confession and absolve (between condemnation and execution of punishment – origin of short shrift (korte metten))
Conjuration=Zamenzweering, eedgespan, vloekerwantschap, bezweering
To shrive=Biechten

Burgersdijk notes:
Hun beider handen innig saam zou voegen. In ‘t Engelsch: And stand a comma ‘tween their amities. Woorden of zinsdeelen, die alleen door een comma gescheiden zijn, behooren bij elkaar, staan met elkander in nauw verband. Men heeft voor comma ook wel cement of co-mate vermoed. Hoe ‘t zij, de beteekenis is in de vertaling uitgedrukt.
In den volgenden regel staat het woord Ases, meervoudsvorm van het woordeken As; een woordspeling met asses, „ezels”, is bedoeld.
De s van As wordt in Warwickshire steeds hard uitgesproken, en zoo deed Sh. ongetwijfeld ook.

Topics: contract, language, relationship, friendship

PLAY: King Henry VI Part 3
SPEAKER: Warwick
Henry now lives in Scotland at his ease,
Where having nothing, nothing can he lose.
And as for you yourself, our quondam queen,
You have a father able to maintain you;
And better ’twere you troubled him than France.
Peace, impudent and shameless Warwick, peace,
Proud setter up and puller down of kings!
I will not hence, till, with my talk and tears,
Both full of truth, I make King Lewis behold
Thy sly conveyance and thy lord’s false love;
For both of you are birds of selfsame feather.

Recht naar zijn wensch leeft Hendrik thans in Schotland,
Waar hij, niets hebbend, niets verliezen kan.


Proverb: Birds of a feather flock (fly) together

Will not hence=Won’t go elsewhere
Quondam=Former, as was
Sly conveyance=Underhand dealing, trickery, dishonest actions
Behold=See, recognize

Hence=Van hier, hier uit
Conveyance=Een overwyzing, overvoering, overdragt
To behold=Aanschouwen, zien, aanzien; ziet, let wel

Topics: proverbs and idioms, status, relationship, deceit

PLAY: King Henry VI Part 3
SPEAKER: Queen Margaret
King Lewis and Lady Bona, hear me speak,
Before you answer Warwick. His demand
Springs not from Edward’s well-meant honest love,
But from deceit bred by necessity;
For how can tyrants safely govern home,
Unless abroad they purchase great alliance?
To prove him tyrant this reason may suffice,
That Henry liveth still: but were he dead,
Yet here Prince Edward stands, King Henry’s son.
Look, therefore, Lewis, that by this league and marriage
Thou draw not on thy danger and dishonour;
For though usurpers sway the rule awhile,
Yet heavens are just, and time suppresseth wrongs.

Want een tyran, hoe vindt hij rust te huis,
Als hij zich geen uitheemsche vrienden koopt?


League=Alliance, friendship
Purchase=Acquire, obtain
Sway the rule=Govern, be in power
Draw not on=Will not bring about, cause
Suppresseth wrongs=Stops, quells wrongs (i.e. has a way of righting wrongs)

League=Verbond, verdrag, verbindtenis
To bear sway=Heerschappy voeren
To sway=(govern) Regeeren. To sway the scepter=Den schepter zwaaijen
To draw on=Geleiden, aantrekken
To suppress=(to stifle, stop) Beletten, verhinderen, sluiten

Topics: deceit, necessity, relationship

PLAY: Richard II
SPEAKER: King Richard II
How high a pitch his resolution soars!
Thomas of Norfolk, what say’st thou to this?
O, let my sovereign turn away his face
And bid his ears a little while be deaf,
Till I have told this slander of his blood,
How God and good men hate so foul a liar.
Mowbray, impartial are our eyes and ears:
Were he my brother, nay, my kingdom’s heir,
As he is but my father’s brother’s son,
Now, by my sceptre’s awe, I make a vow,
Such neighbour nearness to our sacred blood
Should nothing privilege him, nor partialize
The unstooping firmness of my upright soul:
He is our subject, Mowbray; so art thou:
Free speech and fearless I to thee allow.

Wat vlucht ten wolken neemt zijn koene geest!
Thomas van Norfolk, wat zegt gij hierop?


Pitch=Highest point of soaring flight for a hawk or falcon
Neighbour nearness=Extremely close proximity
Unstooping=Unbending (Stoop is another falcony ref. meaning to come down or pounce on the prey)

To stoop=Buigen, bokken of bukken
A hawk that makes a stoop at a partridge=Een valk die op een Patrys valt
Fearless=Schroomeloos, onbevreesd, onvertzaagd, onbeschroomd, onverschrokken

Topics: resolution, strength, truth, relationship, honour

PLAY: King Henry IV Part 1
SPEAKER: Falstaff
I am bewitched with the rogue’s company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I’ll be hanged.

Ik heb nu sinds twee en twintig jaren ieder dag en uur zijn gezelschap afgezworen, en toch ben ik nog altijd met het gezelschap van dien schoft behekst. Als die schurk me geen drankjes heeft ingegeven, dat ik van hem houden moet, laat ik mij hangen; het kan niet anders, ik heb drankjes ingekregen.

I’ll be hanged=I’ll be damned (if…)

Topics: relationship, temptation

PLAY: Othello
SPEAKER: Desdemona
My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty.
To you I am bound for life and education.
My life and education both do learn me
How to respect you. You are the lord of duty.
I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my husband.
And so much duty as my mother showed
To you, preferring you before her father,
So much I challenge that I may profess
Due to the Moor my lord.

k Zie, eed’le vader, hier mijn plicht gedeeld;
En ‘t leven dank ik u èn leer voor ‘t leven;
En beide, leer en leven, leeren wij
U te eeren, als wien al mijn eerbied toekomt;
Ja, ‘k ben uw kind



Topics: duty, debt/obligation, relationship, marriage, learning/education, respect

PLAY: The Comedy of Errors
SPEAKER: Adriana
His company must do his minions grace,
Whilst I at home starve for a merry look.
Hath homely age th’ alluring beauty took
From my poor cheek? Then he hath wasted it.
Are my discourses dull? Barren my wit?
If voluble and sharp discourse be marred,
Unkindness blunts it more than marble hard.
Do their gay vestments his affections bait?
That’s not my fault; he’s master of my state.
What ruins are in me that can be found
By him not ruined? Then is he the ground
Of my defeatures. My decayèd fair
A sunny look of his would soon repair.
But, too unruly deer, he breaks the pale
And feeds from home. Poor I am but his stale.

Ontnam reeds rimp’lige ouderdom mijn wang
Haar boeiend schoon? Wie heeft het mij geroofd,
Dan hij? Is geest en scherts in mij verdoofd?
Neemt iets aan vlug en lucht gekout den moed,
‘t Is barschheid, ruw en hard als steen, die ‘t doet.
Lokt and’rer fraai gewaad hem van mijn zij,
‘t Is mijn schuld niet, want hij koopt mij kleedij.
Wat is in mij vervallen en is ‘t niet
Door hem? Ja, zoo hij mij vervallen ziet,
Hij ziet zijn eigen werk; één zonnestraal
Van hem, mijn schoon herleeft in morgenpraal.

Proverb: As hard as a stone (flint, rock)

Voluble=Fluent, articulate
Sharp=Subtle, witty
Voluble and sharp discourse=Articulate and witty conversation
To blunt=Dull the edge of, repress, impair, i.e. blunt the natural edge
Ground of=Reason for
Stale= Laughing-stock, dupe; decoy or bait set up as a lure

A voluble tongue=Een vloeijende tong, een gladde tong, een tong die wel gehangen is
Court minion=Een gunsteling van den Vorst; Troetelkind
To pale in=Met paalen afperken, afpaalen. Paled in=Rondom met paalen bezet, afgepaald
To make on a stale (property or stalking-horse) to one’s design=Iemand gebruiken om ons oogmerk te bereiken

Topics: language, intellect, respect, marriage, relationship, loyalty

PLAY: The Merchant of Venice
SPEAKER: Launcelot
Alack the day, I know you not, young gentleman. But I
pray you, tell me, is my boy, God rest his soul, alive
or dead?
Do you not know me, Father?
Alack, sir, I am sand-blind. I know you not.
Nay, indeed if you had your eyes, you might fail of
the knowing me. It is a wise father that knows his own
child. Well, old man, I will tell you news of your son.
Give me your blessing. Truth will come to light. Murder
cannot be hid long—a man’s son may, but in the end truth
will out.

Het is een knappe vader, die zijn eigen kind kent /
Dàt is eerst een knappe vader die zijn eigen kind kent.

American Radio-Telephone Serv. v. PSC of Maryland. Opinion “It was the Bard of Avon who first suggested, ‘It is a wise father that knows his own child.’” And in the same case: “In this case, the Public Service Commission of Maryland has had greater difficulty in determining thelineage of a ‘grandfather.'”
Retirement Board of the Police Retirement System of Kansas City, Missouri v. Noel, 652 S.W.2d 874, 880 (Mo.Ct. App. 1983)(paternity);
Simpson v. Blackburn, 414 S.W.2d 795, 805 (Mo. App.Ct. 1967)(paternity);
American Radio-Telephone Service, Inc. v. Public Service Commission of Maryland, 33 Md. App.
423, 365 A.2d 314 (1976).

Proverb: It is a wise child (father) that knows his own father (child)
Truth will come to light/Truth will out invented/popularised by Shakespeare
Wise (learned, skill’d, cunning, whitty)=Wys, geleerd, ervaaren, listig, schrander.
A wise man may be caught by a fool=Een wys man kan door een gek gevangen worden

Topics: emotion and mood, misquoted

PLAY: Romeo and Juliet
I have no joy of this contract tonight.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say “It lightens.” Sweet, good night.

k begroet u blij, maar niet
Dat wiss’len van geloften in deez’ nacht;
Dat is te snel, te plotsling, te onberaden


Topics: relationship, caution, haste

PLAY: Macbeth
SPEAKER: Malcolm
What will you do? Let’s not consort with them.
To show an unfelt sorrow is an office
Which the false man does easy. I’ll to England.

Wat wilt gij doen? Laat ons niet met hen gaan

CITED IN US LAW: Re. the definition of “consort”: Jastrabek v Klein, 116 NJL 23, 69 A. 29 (1908)

Topics: cited in law, deceit, relationship

PLAY: King Lear
SPEAKER: King Lear
Meantime we shall express our darker purpose.—
Give me the map there.—Know that we have divided
In three our kingdom, and ’tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age,
Conferring them on younger strengths while we
Unburdened crawl toward death.—Our son of Cornwall,
And you, our no less loving son of Albany,
We have this hour a constant will to publish
Our daughters’ several dowers, that future strife
May be prevented now.

k Ontvouw u midd’lerwijl ‘t verborgen plan.
Geef mij die kaart. Verneemt, wij deelden ‘t rijk
In drieën, en wij schudden, dit is ‘t plan,
Van de oude schoud’ren alle moeite en zorg
Op jonger krachten, om, van last bevrijd,
Grafwaarts te kruipen.

Darker purpose= Secret intention
Constant=Unswerving (Schmidt: Constant=Firm, unshaken, persevering)
Publish=Publicly proclaim
Dark=Duyster, donker
A dark saying=Een duystere reeden
Burgersdijk notes:
Bij de verdeeling van het koninkrijk. De dichter wil hier eenvoudig voor bereiden op de verdeeling, die door den koning weldra zal worden medegedeeld. Gloster meent de zaak te kennen, maar schijnt niet veel meer te weten, dan dat de beide hertogen gelijke deelen krijgen; misschien verbeeldt
hij zich, dat Lear nog een gedeelte voor zich behoudt, gelijk in de oude verhalen staat. Lear deelt het geheimer deel van zijn plan mede (darker purpose), waarbij het rijk in drieën verdeeld is en hijzelf het bestuur geheel nederlegt. Voor Cordelia was het beste derde gedeelte bestemd en Lear meende zeker te zijn, dat Cordelia hare liefde op de treffendste wijze zou uiten; hij hoopte daarmede zijn begunstiging van haar bij den adel des rijks, hier plechtig vereenigd, te rechtvardigen. Nu hij in zijne stellige verwachting teleurgesteld wordt, verandert de heftige vorst, aan geene zelfbeheersching gewoon, plotseling van plan.

Topics: plans/intentions, legacy, relationship, manipulation, secrecy

PLAY: King Lear
SPEAKER: King Lear
(…) To thee and thine hereditary ever
Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom,
No less in space, validity, and pleasure
Than that conferred on Goneril.—But now, our joy,
Although our last and least, to whose young love
The vines of France and milk of Burgundy
Strive to be interessed. What can you say to draw
A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.
Nothing, my lord.
How? Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again.
Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty
According to my bond, no more nor less.
How, how, Cordelia? Mend your speech a little,
Lest you may mar your fortunes.

Door niets wordt niets verkregen; spreek nog eens.

Proverb: Nothing will come of nothing (Ex nihilo nihil fit)
Mend your speech=revise your statement, think about what you’ve said
In the context of King Lear telling Cordelia she’ll be disinherited if she doesn’t speak more kindly.
Heave=Raise, lift (Poss. ref. to Eccles. 21:26 = The heart of fools is in their mouth: but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.)
Bond=(Filial) obligation
To be interessed=To have a right or share (OED). Often amended to ‘interested’ in more modern versions.
Draw=Win (gambling metaphor)
A third more opulent=not equal thirds
Bond=Verbinding, obligatie
Interessed=Betrokken, gegreepen, een part in hebbende.
To interess oneself in a matter=Zich aan eene zaak laaten gelegen zyn.

Topics: honesty, truth, duty, relationship, proverbs and idioms, still in use

PLAY: Romeo and Juliet
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a montegue, what is montegue? tis nor hand nor foot nor any other part belonging to a man
What is in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,
So Romeo would were he not Romeo called retain such dear perfection to which he owes without that title,
Romeo, Doth thy name!
And for that name which is no part of thee, take all thyself.

O Romeo, Romeo! Waarom zijt gij Romeo?

Wherefore = why, not where as might be a modern interpretation
Wherefore (or why)=Waarom
Wherefore did you do it?=Waarom deed gy het?
Wherefore (or therefore)=Daarom

Topics: relationship, love

PLAY: Othello

Despise me
If I do not. Three great ones of the city
(In personal suit to make me his lieutenant)
Off-capped to him, and by the faith of man
I know my price, I am worth no worse a place.
But he (as loving his own pride and purposes)
Evades them with a bombast circumstance
Horribly stuffed with epithets of war,
And in conclusion
Nonsuits my mediators. For “Certes,” says he,
“I have already chose my officer.”
And what was he?
Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine
(A fellow almost damned in a fair wife)
That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows
More than a spinster—unless the bookish theoric,
Wherein the toged consuls can propose
As masterly as he. Mere prattle without practice
Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had th’ election
And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof
At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on other grounds
Christian and heathen, must be belee’d and calmed
By debitor and creditor. This counter-caster
He (in good time) must his lieutenant be
And I, bless the mark, his Moorship’s ancient.
By heaven, I rather would have been his hangman.
Why, there’s no remedy. ‘Tis the curse of service.
Preferment goes by letter and affection,
And not by old gradation, where each second
Stood heir to th’ first. Now sir, be judge yourself,
Whether I in any just term am affined
To love the Moor.

Niets aan te doen. Het is de vloek van ’t leger: promotie maakt men óf op aanbeveling, óf door een vriendendienst, niet als vanouds, toen men van rang tot rang, van tweede man tot eerste werd bevorderd. Oordeel zelf of ik één reden heb om met de Moor bevriend te zijn.


Off-capped=Doffed caps
Bombast circumstance=Inflated rhetoric, circumlocution
Bombast=Cotton used to stuff out garments (hence ‘stuffed with epithets’)
Non-suit=Rejection of petition, causing withdrawal of petition

Preferment=Advancement, promotion
Gradation=Regular advance from step to step
Affined=Bound by any tie
Just=Conforming to the laws and principles of justice, equitable
Term=Expression, word
Belee’d=To place on the lee, in a positoin unfavourable to the wind
Ancient=The next in command under the lieutenant

Gradation=Een trafspreuk, opklimming in eene reede
To come to preferment=Bevorderd worden
Preferment=Verhooging, voortrekking, bevordering tot Staat
Bombast=Bombazyne of kattoene voering; fustian
Bombast=Hoogdraavende wartaal, ydel gezwets
To bumbast=Met bombazyn voeren
Bumbast: Bombazyn als ook Brommende woorden

Burgersdijk notes:
Een groote cijfermeester, Een Michel Cassio, een Florentijner. Florence was niet, zooals Venetië, telkens in oorlogen gewikkeld; hoe zou Cassio daar de krijgskunst geleerd hebben? Ontvangsten en uitgaven, winsten en verliezen te berekenen, ja. dit kon men zich daar eigen maken. – Het volgende „verslingerd op een schoone vrouw,” heet in het Engelsch : almost damned in a fair wife „bijna verdoemd”. Het gerucht liep, dat Cassio van plan was de schoone Bianca, met wie hij verkeer had, te trouwen Door zulk een huwelijk zou hij zich, naar Jago’s opvatting , in de verdoemenis storten.

Topics: corruption, loyalty, relationship, skill/talent, age/experience

PLAY: King Henry VI Part 3
SPEAKER: Queen Margaret
Henry now lives in Scotland at his ease,
Where having nothing, nothing can he lose.
And as for you yourself, our quondam queen,
You have a father able to maintain you;
And better ’twere you troubled him than France.
Peace, impudent and shameless Warwick, peace,
Proud setter up and puller down of kings!
I will not hence, till, with my talk and tears,
Both full of truth, I make King Lewis behold
Thy sly conveyance and thy lord’s false love;
For both of you are birds of selfsame feather.

Zwijg, onbeschaamde, drieste Warwick, zwijg,
Gij trotsche koningsschepper en verdelger!


Proverb: Birds of a feather flock (fly) together

Will not hence=Won’t go elsewhere
Quondam=Former, as was
Conveyance=Underhand dealing, trickery, dishonest actions
Behold=See, recognize

Hence=Van hier, hier uit
Conveyance=Een overwyzing, overvoering, overdragt
To behold=Aanschouwen, zien, aanzien; ziet, let wel

Topics: proverbs and idioms, status, relationship, deceit

PLAY: Cymbeline
SPEAKER: Second Lord
That such a crafty devil as is his mother
Should yield the world this ass! A woman that
Bears all down with her brain, and this her son
Cannot take two from twenty, for his heart,
And leave eighteen. Alas, poor princess,
Thou divine Imogen, what thou endur’st,
Betwixt a father by thy step-dame governed,
A mother hourly coining plots, a wooer
More hateful than the foul expulsion is
Of thy dear husband, than that horrid act
Of the divorce he’d make! The heavens hold firm
The walls of thy dear honour, keep unshaked
That temple, thy fair mind, that thou mayst stand
T’ enjoy thy banished lord and this great land.

Dat zulk een sluwe duivelin, zijn moeder,
Der wereld zulk een ezel schonk! Een vrouw,
Die met haar slimheid alles dwingt; en hij
Trekt, schoon ‘t den hals hem kostte, twee van twintig
Niet af, en houdt er achttien

Crafty=Cunning, devious
To coin=To fabricate, in a good as well as bad sense: “coining plots”
Expulsion=A driving away, banishment
Stand=To remain upright, not to fall, not to be lost, not to perish

Crafty=Loos, listig, schalk, doortrapt, leep
To coin (new words)=Smeeden, verzinnen

Topics: marriage, intellect, relationship, plans/intentions

PLAY: All’s Well that Ends Well
O, were that all! I think not on my father;
And these great tears grace his remembrance more
Than those I shed for him. What was he like?
I have forgot him: my imagination
Carries no favour in’t but Bertram’s.
I am undone: there is no living, none,
If Bertram be away. ‘Twere all one
That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it, he is so above me:
In his bright radiance and collateral light
Must I be comforted, not in his sphere.
The ambition in my love thus plagues itself:
The hind that would be mated by the lion
Must die for love. ‘Twas pretty, though plague,
To see him every hour; to sit and draw
His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,
In our heart’s table; heart too capable
Of every line and trick of his sweet favour:
But now he’s gone, and my idolatrous fancy
Must sanctify his relics. Who comes here?

De hinde, die den leeuw als gade wenscht, Komt om door liefde

Proverb: One may point at a star but not pull at it
Radiance=Rays of light
Undone=Ontdaan, losgemaakt
Plague=Plaagen, quellen
Sanctify=Heyligen, heylig maaken

Topics: relationship, order/society, love, proverbs and idioms

PLAY: The Merchant of Venice
SPEAKER: Launcelot
Yes, truly, for look you, the sins of the father are to
be laid upon the children. Therefore I promise ye I
fear you. I was always plain with you, and so now I
speak my agitation of the matter. Therefore be o’ good
cheer, for truly I think you are damned. There is but
one hope in it that can do you any good, and that is but
a kind of bastard hope neither.

Ja, waarlijk! want ziet ge, de zonden des vaders worden
bezocht aan de kinderen; daarom, ik verzeker u, hen ik bang voor u.


Fogleman v. Mercy Hospital, Inc., 283 F.3d 561 (2002);
Tison v. Arizona, 481 U.S. 137, 183-84 (1987). In discussing the need for sentencing to “respond to the reasonable goals of punishment”, Justice White added in a footnote “Thy fathers’ sins, O Roman, thou, though guiltless, shall expiate”.
United States v. Auerbach, 745 F.2d 1157, 1160 (1984);
Miller v. CIR, T. C. Memo 1989-461 (1989): “With deference to Shakespeare, the fraud of the father is not the fraud of the son”;
Misenheimer v. Misenheimer, 312 N.C. 692, 698 (1985);
Adams v. Franco, 168 Misc.2d 399, 403 (N.Y., 1996).

Agitation=emotion, disturbance
Neither=Following a negative by way of enforcing it (i.e. for all that, yet)
Bastard (hope)=spurious, adulterate
Agitation=Schudding, beweeging, beroering
Bastard=Valsch. A bastard generosity=Een valsche édelmoedigheid

Topics: emotion and mood, misquoted

PLAY: The Comedy of Errors
We came into the world like brother and brother,
And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another

Neen, dan zij ‘t zoo:
Wij sprongen samen de wereld in, als broeders, met elkander;
Zoo gaan wij nu samen hand aan hand, en de een niet na den ander


Topics: relationship, love, respect, resolution, equality

PLAY: King Henry V
SPEAKER: King Henry
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Ons, wein’gen, ons, gelukkigen, ons, broeders;
Want wie vandaag met mij zijn bloed vergiet,
Hij zal mijn broeder zijn;


Feast of Crispian: 25 October

Vile=Lowly born
Gentle his condition=Turn him in to a gentleman

Topics: conflict, friendship, trust, relationship

PLAY: King Henry VI Part 3
SPEAKER: King Edward IV
But Warwick’s king is Edward’s prisoner:
And, gallant Warwick, do but answer this:
What is the body when the head is off?
Alas, that Warwick had no more forecast,
But, whiles he thought to steal the single ten,
The king was slily finger’d from the deck!
You left poor Henry at the Bishop’s palace,
And, ten to one, you’ll meet him in the Tower.

Wat is het lichaam, zoo het hoofd ontbreekt?


Forecast=Forethought, anticipated
The single ten=Just the ten card from the deck
Fingered from=Pinched from

Forecast=Vooruitzigt, voorbedachtzaamheid, voorzigtigheid
Light-fingered=Elk een vinger verstrekt hem voor een haak

Topics: authority, strength, relationship, , unity/collaboration

PLAY: Macbeth
SPEAKER: Donalbain
Our separated fortune
Shall keep us both the safer. Where we are,
There’s daggers in men’s smiles. The near in blood,
The nearer bloody.

Naar Ierland ik; het veiligst voor ons beiden
Is, dat we uiteengaan; in een glimlach schuilt
Hier licht een dolk. Hoe nader in den bloede,
Des te eerder bloedig.

An allusion to a ‘received truth’/proverb, “The nearer in kin the less in kindness” (1565).

Topics: conspiracy, deceit, appearance, betrayal, relationship, proverbs and idioms

PLAY: King Lear
I have been worth the whistle.
You are not worth the dust which the rude wind
Blows in your face. I fear your disposition.
That nature, which condemns its origin
Cannot be bordered certain in itself.
She that herself will sliver and disbranch
From her material sap perforce must wither
And come to deadly use.
Burgersdijk notes:
Weleer was ik nog ‘t fluiten waard. Een Engelsch spreekwoord zegt: „Het is een armzalige hond, die het fluiten niet waard is.”

O Goneril,
je bent het stof niet waard dat ruwe wind
jou in ’t gezicht blaast./
Gij zijt het stof niet waard, dat de ruwe wind
U in ‘t gelaat blaast.

Proverb: It is a poor dog that is not worth the whistling
Dust (fig.)= for any worthless thing: “vile gold, dross, dust”
Sliver and disbranch=Detach, break or tear a branch from a tree
Wither and come to deadly use=Degenerate and die
Fear=Have concerns about
Disposition (of mind)=Gesteltenis van gemoed
Deadly=Doodelyk, gruwelyk

Topics: nature, insult, trust, loyalty, relationship

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