Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Magic Shake-Ball

QUESTION: What should I buy my kid’s teacher for a holiday gift?


“What a pretty thing man is when he goes in his doublet and hose and leaves off his wit!”

--the prince Don Pedro's sarcastic comment about Benedick
Much Ado About Nothing 5.1.199-200

The righteous bachelor Benedick swears he will never, ever get married and then—bam!—he’s madly in love with Beatrice and dissing his male posse. Don Pedro’s basically saying here “Benedick’s all Mr. Conventional now, but since he lacks both humor and good sense, he is no longer my homeboy.” (It turns out that Benedick is right about his friends being jerks, but I won’t get into that now).

This obviously sheds a lot of light on my gifts question. My first instinct with the gift was to take the fancy-on-the-outside “doublet and hose” approach—say, a cellophane-wrapped basket of inedible yet pricey food products.

But the Magic Shake-Ball says that this is all wrong. So I have three ideas for a more meaningful gift:

"Boox R Kool" license plate frame

Yankee Candle’s “Relax” Lavender & Ylang-Ylang & Geranium Air Freshener (for the classroom)

10 lbs. of Sour Patch Kids candy

(It’s so hard to choose! Please send advice to everydayshakespeare@gmail.com)

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