By Frankie Rubinstein
'...Rubinstein is way from blameless and springs to our relief with loads of learning...and is kind of correct to induce that to not take pleasure in the sexiness of Shakespeare's language impoverishes our personal figuring out of him. For something, it used to be a robust aspect in his attract Elizabethans, who have been less woolly-mouthed and smooth-tongued than we're. for an additional, it has constituted a salty preservative for his paintings, between those that can relish it...an enlightening book.' A.L.Rowse, The Standard
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If I can meet him ... an he were double and double a lord .... ' Beat and MEET (fuck) him in a DOUBLE (homosexual) meeting (L coitus). When Lafeu re-enters, Parolles approaches: 'I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship' - a guibble on 'feign' andfoigne (be offended at; also, asfeindre, feign - Cot) andfoin (copulateC; P). ) Lafeu: 'thou art a general offence, and every man should beat thee: I think thou wast created for men to breathe themselves upon thee'. He is a GENERAL (whore-like) OFFENCE (a whore's arse).
Buckingham is also warned to 'allay, the fire of political passion' lest he 'singe' himself (141; SINGE, emasculate). See STING,2H6. Annal See ANNUAL, ANNAL. Anne. See AN / ANNE. Annual, annal Anal; of the ass. A year, L annus. 64. An old court courtesan, identified only as 'Old Lady' (L anus), talks to ANNE, whose name also puns on the ass (one) - an animal Sh associates with bearing burdens and with the human ass/ arse. She asks what burden Anne's 'limbs' and 'back' would be willing to bear to become a queen.
The pun on 'all' as a whole I hole is repeated in 'nothing' (C; 'a' -P). She need not worry; nothing more than her 'all' is expected: it is the KIND (sexual organs; sex - OED) she is expected to TENDER for the title. Paying in kind meant, then as now, in goods instead of money. Cf. 86: 'woolly breeders ... doing of the deed of kind'. S2. Queen Elizabeth, worried over the King's death and the vacant throne, says, 'Ay me, I see the downfall of our house .... Insulting tyranny begins to jetl Upon the innocent and aweless throne ....