Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shakespeare at Large

When it comes to sexual intercourse, Shakespeare's really flexible.

He's the guy who most likely coined the raunchy phrase "the beast with two backs" (Othello).

But he's also the guy tapped by Boston's Museum of Science to provide the poignant epigraph to their exhibit on human reproduction:

"O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all whooping!" (As You Like It 3.2.205)

That's Celia talking about her cousin, Rosalind, who's just found out that her crush on Orlando is mutual. They're not quite at the baby-making stage, but hey, the honeymoon's gotta end sometime.

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