Monday, December 22, 2008

Shakespeare (and Lisa Simpson) Saves The Day

http://www.hulu.com/watch/37976/the-simpsons-quoting-shakespeare?c=Animation-and-Cartoons

I had not seen this one.  Who knew that the ability to quote Shakespeare might save your family from a bomb-wielding maniac? :)

4 comments:

bardofile said...

I believe Lisa and SSBob both got it wrong on the Hamlet quote. The word is "petar" not "petard."I recorded this Simpson's episode when it first aired; and I never tire of watching it.

Duane said...

That's a new one on me, Bardo. In all my time, I've only ever heard it as "petard". I don't have access to my original texts at the moment, do you know which versions of the play spell it that way?

bardofile said...

Duane: I have not been able to find an edition of Hamlet in which "Petard" is used. The Riverside Edition, the 1914 Oxford Edition, The Everyman Shakespeare, The Open Source Shakespeare, and I could list others, but those quoted should suffice; and they all use "Petar".

Duane said...

You are correct (http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/facsimile/book/BL_Q2_Ham/34/?size=large&view_mode=normal&content_type=) of course. What I think I meant was, "Surely there is some reason why it has come down through time as 'petard', so I'm wondering where/when/how somebody made that leap."

Know what I mean? When did it change?