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Many of Shakespeare's quotes and even, due to the language interpretation today, his words are misconstrued. Here is one of my favorite ones and Shakespeare's actual intent.

[nytimes.com]

By Beowulfsfriend8
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"Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?"

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As a retired lawyer, I thank you for the clarification! smile001.gif

?? Having taught Shakespeare at an independent school, I had a tee shirt with the quote and wore it sometimes to sporting events to watch my kids, knowing the lawyer parents would misconstrue it. I never told them any different, til now.

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"O Romeo, Romeo,wherefore art thou Romeo?" always amuses me when people think Juliet is just wondering "where he at".

Whyfore , might be clearer. or " for why ".

@FableAce not needed because at the time everyone knew its meaning

@Beowulfsfriend I was thinking for a modern audience , while still keeping the nuance.

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