A Very Vesuvius

How’s your Monday going? Would a high-voltage insult come in handy? Help you get through the day? Well, we at the Bard and Bible blog are here to serve.

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Today’s insult is another from Shakespeare’s King Lear–and from the rapier tongue of the Earl of Kent, a master of the craft. Here is a very Vesuvius of insults he speaks to Oswald, Goneril’s steward, in Act 2, Scene 2:

A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud,
shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy,
worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver’d, action-taking, whoreson,
glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; 1090
one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of
good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave,
beggar, coward, pander, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch;
one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deny the
least syllable of thy addition (King Lear, II.2.14).

And that, my friends, is how you do it.

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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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