… the baseless fabric of this vision …
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind.
Andrea Mitchell (B.A., English Lit., Penn., 1967) had a bad day on Twitter yesterday after failing to recognize Macbeth as the original source of a quote. Speaking of Macbeth, here are a few more lines from the play that seem to fit the news of the day—
The Three Witches/Impeachment Managers: Fair is foul, and foul is fair …
Second Witch/Eric: I’ll give thee a wind.
The Three Witches/Impeachment Managers: A deed without a name.
Our revels now are ended …
I think so, Brain … but if the winter solstice isn’t until 11:19 tonight, why are we discontented now?
The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.
—Henry V, Act IV, Scene iv
I had the role of Marc Antony in that play once upon a time. His speech that struck me most wasn’t the funeral oration. It was his soliloquy earlier in Act III. It begins:
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers …
Antony goes on to predict
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife …
I truly hope that the extremist Democrats are less successful in stirring up resistance today than the extremist Democrats were in 1861.
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work.
—Prince Henry (Henry IV, Part 1, I,ii, 74-75)
I think so, Brain … Music hath the power to soothe a savage beast, but we should probably try tranq darts first.
I think so, Brain … but I don’t think that I can memorize all of Macbeth in Klingon.
I think so, Brain … but if all the world’s a stage, where’s the audience?
Karl at Hot Air notes the futility of the “occupation” of Wall Street. He describes it as full of “sound and fury” and opines that real beneficiary will be the GOP.
Perhaps a more complete quote from Macbeth better describes the situation:
… [I]t is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
To quote Jonah Goldberg,
UPDATE 2—Joan Wile has a blog report up describing Charlie Rangel’s visit to support the “occupiers” last Saturday.