Sanguine Coward

Another Monday, another good insult from Shakespeare.

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This week’s insult was loosed by Henry V–the former “Prince Hal”–at his former drinking buddy, Sir John Falstaff:

This sanguine coward, this bed-presser, this horseback-breaker, this huge hill of flesh! (1 Henry IV, 2.4.225-6).

Well. Chances are, if you try this string of insults on some lazy ne’er-do-well in your neighborhood, he or she won’t know what you’re talking about. But you will. And isn’t that what really counts?

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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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