I have read Shakespeare’s King Lear several times. On a desert island it might not be my first choice of a ripping read – but many will have seen surreal and serendipitous resemblances to the performance of Murdoch Snr and Murdoch Jnr at yesterday’s ‘tour de force’ before the Culture Select Committee. It is amazing how broadly educated PR advisers are these days? Who can say – but it was a remarkable performance.
Wikipedia notes… “King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, considered to be one of his greatest dramatic masterpieces. The title character descends into madness after foolishly disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all.”
Two quotations come to mind…
- “Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! Spout, rain!
Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters:
I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness;
I never gave you kingdom, called you children,
You owe me no subscription: then, let fall
Your horrible pleasure; here I stand, your slave,
A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man.”
- William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.2.14
- “No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.”
- William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.2.37
(Pic: John Gielgud doing the biz as King Lear many years ago)
I continue on my quest to write about matters other than law… for a few more days….. a holiday is a rare thing for me these days. Today I shall holiday. I may even have a few glasses of vino rosso as I holiday.
The real coverage is extensive…. and needs no input from me…on my holiday.