The Book's Lover

The Book's Lover
Damiano Cali

Monday, March 25, 2013

Entr'Acte: Names

When we began brainstorming this blog, and were penning our introductions, one of us outlines how she is tall and blonde and jolly, and the other mentions how she is tiny and dark and bitter as all hell.  Both of us being Shakespeare Geeks, we immediately went here, to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (III.ii.208-12):

So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries molded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies but one heart.

Replace “heart” with “brain,” and you may have an idea what you’re in for.  Hermia liked being “little” and "fierce" so much, she took the name.  Naomi liked her punny name too much to become Helena, even for the sake of parallelism.  She apologizes to everyone's OCD. 

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