Death has no diet

Death Has No Diet

posted Sunday, 25 July 2010

Falstaff:

          Wilt thou to bed with this fat Knight, my Doll,

          And dally with my carnal opulence?

.

Doll Tearsheet:

  • I’ faith I will, for I am no slim trull.
  • And am as robed in flesh as your sweet self.
  • Let’s take our pleasure ere our bellies rot
  • And we become a mockery of bones.
  • Death is the dietician none may fail…
  • .
  •  
  • (From Shakespeare’s Henry IV part III)

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With thanks to the anonymous person who drew my attention to the above quote that was later printed within the ‘Null Immortalis’ book.

Last night I dreamed of a version with a different ending:

.

Falstaff

Wilt thou to bed with this fat Knight, my Doll,

And dally with my carnal opulence?

.

Doll Tearsheet

I’ faith I will, for I am no slim trull.

And am as robed in flesh as your sweet self.

Let’s take our pleasure ere our bellies rot

And we become a mockery of bones.

For Death has no diet – and none may fail

To yield the dough of Life its wait’ress needs.

 comments (4)

1. Weirdmonger left…

Sunday, 25 July 2010 2:18 pm

Still not completely sure if it was “wait’ress’ or “weight’ress”. But I’ve gone with the one I prefer.
2. Weirdmonger left…

Monday, 26 July 2010 9:34 am :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/ress.ht

Shakespeare uniquely seems keen on words ending ” ‘ress ” (with the apostorophe dividing it from the rest of the word – as with “vot’ress” quoted in context in one of the comments at link immediately above).

And “The sea’s veil is my silvery mist’ress” (attributed by Leavis to Shakespeare)

and other examples surely scattered throughout the canon?
3. Weirdmonger left…

Saturday, 7 August 2010 3:02 pm :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/tearshe

For ‘Tearsheet Doll’, please see link immediately above.
4. Weirdmonger left…

Saturday, 7 August 2010 4:28 pm

Spot the anagrammatic phrase somewhere above??

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