If there is or was a Leah, is it conceivable that Shylock, now old and crabbed and asexual, the very essence of usurious materialism, was once a jolly wooer
, who, like Bassanio and Gratiano, exchanged pledges with his beloved?
Possibly he became a little ashamed of his slavish admiration for it as a young man, for in The Faire Maide of the Exchange (printed 1607) he makes comic play with a foolish wooer
, Bowdler, who ~never read anything but Venus and Adonis', which is, however, ~the very quintessence of love'.
The more affluent wooer
in |A New Courtly Sonnet of the Lady Greensleeves' showered his lady with kerchiefs, petticoats, jewels, gilt knives, silk stockings, pumps, a silk smock, a girdle with gold and pearls, a purse, a pincase, a gown with satin sleeves and garters fringed with gold, and a gelding.
As Nathaniel Hawthorne put it, writing to Sarah Peabody in 1840: "Where thou art not, there it is a sort of death."(23) Men could even dismiss mere romantic love as transient and superficial; true love, wrote one ardent wooer
, "is to love with all one's soul what is pure, what is high, what is eternal." In love, he added, "all things blend that are high, ardent and pure," and for love "I have no word for it but worship." "Love is a cult and our love shall be our religion....
Doris's verdict on the letter here, 'Fate deliver me', echoes her wooer
's vocabulary, effectively returning the letter and its distrusted sentiments to the sender, and justifies her later presentation of marriage to Geron as restrictive and limiting.
In the play's final scene, with William about to engage in battle with Blanch's father, the wooer
finally discovers he has abducted the wrong woman ("Was it Lady Blanch which 1 conveyed away?" 1375) and refuses to accept her as his wife, arguing that owing to "the false dealing of Mariana, / That utterly I do abhor their sex" (1403-4).
It could be so many poems especially Rattlin' Roarin' Willie, Holy Willie's Prayer, The Braw Wooer
and Tam O'Shanter.
Certainly, in Die Heidin the heathen queen eventually converts to Christianity and marries her wooer
, abandoning her brutal husband after he has badly abused her, which does not happen in the drama because the cultural-religious conflict is missing.
So Michael Milligan played both Orlando, a would-be lover deprived of his identity by his brother, and Antipholus of Syracuse, a would-be wooer
, who has unwittingly usurped the identity and the marriage of his twin and his wife.
Theseus Sam Tsoutsouvas Pirithous Tyrone Mitchell Henderson Hippolyta Opal Alladin Emilia Doan Ly Jailer/Valerius Jonathan Fried Wooer
Liam Craig Jailer's Daughter Jennifer Ikeda Waiting Woman/Doctor Candy Buckley Arcite David Harbour Palamon Graham Hamilton It's probably safe to say that "The Two Noble Kinsmen" is nobody's favorite Shakespeare play.
Is Orpheus the many voiced liar, whisperer of tales, wooer