Ill-Faced, Worse-Bodied

Today is Monday, which here at The Bard and the Bible means another Shakespeare insult for your enjoyment and use. If thou art thus inclined.

adriana-and-luciana

Today’s insults come from The Comedy of Errors. They are words Adriana speaks to Luciana about Antipholus (her brother-in-law), whom she thinks is Antipholus (her husband):

He is deformed, crooked, old and sere,
Ill-faced, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind;
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind (The Comedy of Errors, IV.2.22-25).

It is a veritable feast of insults, a baker’s dozen of disrespect, a cornucopia of contempt, which I think crosses the line at “stigmatical.” I could just be over-sensitive to accusations involving stigmata.

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About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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