So the other day during a meeting we notice that the boss’s clock is not out of batteries, it is in fact broken. “Did they have clocks when Shakespeare was writing?” he asks, knowing me to be a Shakespeare geek.
“Funny you should say that,” says I, and tell him the story of the Julius Caesar anachronism, how Brutus hears the clock chime three times when, for ancient Rome, there wouldn’t have been such a clock.
(*) We can debate whether that’s a mistake of whether Mr. Shakespeare knew what he was doing and just went with it, but it’s no fun to say “What’s your favorite anachronism”?
What are some other “mistakes” Shakespeare might have made? Little things that, once you draw attention to them, don’t make a whole lot of sense?