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.


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.

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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