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21 November 2015 @ 01:25 pm
on the subject of proverbial cats  
For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I was looking for an online text of Chaucer's House of Fame this morning. But look what I also found:

For ye be lyk the sweynte cat,
That wolde have fish; but wostow what?
He wolde no-thing wete his clowes. (Book III, ll. 1785-7)


I'm sure I didn't think anything of this when I read The House of Fame in grad school, because I didn't know Macbeth nearly as well as I know it now, but here's the same cat:

Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,'
Like the poor cat i' th' adage? (Macbeth, 1.7)

These little things that persist through time make me very happy.
litlover12 on November 21st, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
Cool! :-)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on November 21st, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
I thought so!