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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Yes, I know, it's another silly picture.

Well, best intentions aside, I'm swamped with end of semester things that don't include Shuger. But, while writing a lecture on The Winter's Tale, I did come across this strangely germane ballad woodcut of misbehaving Puritans. Very inner life of Angelo. Note the empty speech bubble. Sort of like an early modern version of the New Yorker caption contest? Hint, hint?

[UPDATE -- 5/6/06: I'll give the world a couple more days to send in captions, then post the winner next week sometime. Your prize? The respect of our readership. Can you really put a dollar amount on that? As of today, Hieronimo has the early lead...]

  • At 5/04/2006 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Simplicius wrote…

    "Is that your Bible he's holding?"

     

  • At 5/04/2006 01:08:00 PM, Blogger Hieronimo wrote…

    "Tell the Lord we've got another Wicked Bible reader."

    [Ok, that's a terrible Renaissance joke. I promise a more New Yorker-ish caption soon, something like, "That's no way to get your kid into the best kindergarten!" Isn't that the joke in every New Yorker cartoon these days? I hate the New Yorker.]

     

  • At 5/04/2006 01:20:00 PM, Blogger Simplicius wrote…

    "He told you to put your arrow where?"

     

  • At 5/04/2006 02:26:00 PM, Anonymous heywe wrote…

    jesus. Can't you Puritans at least remove your shoes?

     

  • At 5/04/2006 04:10:00 PM, Blogger Simplicius wrote…

    Is Cupid necessarily the speaker in this woodcut? Notice the little curly-que is down on the right, and it appears the woman has in mouth open, which could be taken as an indication of her speaking. Am I the only one reading it this way?

     

  • At 5/04/2006 04:11:00 PM, Blogger Hieronimo wrote…

    It seems ambiguous enough to be any of the three figures--I thought it was the Cupid. But I think in the future, when writing a caption, one should preface it with "Cupid:", "Man:" or "Woman:" just so we're all clear.

    Will Truewit be the judge and award a prize to the best entry?

     

  • At 5/04/2006 10:49:00 PM, Blogger La Lecturess wrote…

    Woman: "I thought you said your name was Zeal-of-the-LAND Busy!"

     

  • At 5/04/2006 11:54:00 PM, Blogger Inkhorn wrote…

    Let's put the devil in hell.

    (Is that how it goes? I'm thinking of that great story from Boccaccio... Man, I wish I could remember stuff).

     

  • At 5/05/2006 12:10:00 AM, Blogger Hieronimo wrote…

    Let's put the devil in hell.

    (Is that how it goes? ...)


    Yep.

     

  • At 5/05/2006 12:46:00 AM, Blogger Hieronimo wrote…

    Man: "Lie back and think of New England."

     

  • At 5/05/2006 09:50:00 AM, Blogger Simplicius wrote…

    Cupid: "I can't believe they bought that line about the fortunate fall."

     

  • At 5/05/2006 10:49:00 AM, Blogger Truewit wrote…

    You guys rule. My go:

    Man: You know I'm the hotter sort, baby.

    Of course, the real answer to all caption contests can be found here.

    Works surprisingly well for this one, too!

     

  • At 5/05/2006 01:55:00 PM, Anonymous mid-modern scholar wrote…

    "Help! I've fallen from grace and I can't get up."

    Oh so many ways to refigure the last part of that.

     

  • At 5/05/2006 05:26:00 PM, Anonymous hay, we wrote…

    Hieronimo's NE caption has my vote.

     

  • At 5/10/2006 04:10:00 PM, Blogger Simplicius wrote…

    Man: "So is this your mons, Venus?"

    Because, you know, they're on a hill, and Cupid is standing there, which could make the woman Venus, and so they'd be on the "hill of Venus," or the mons veneris. Gah--I wish I were better at this game.

     


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