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The Chrisman Shakespeare Club began it’s 129th year with a meeting held at Randall Manor on June 9th, 2022. Hostesses for the meeting were Penny Cook and Peggy Kotcher. Due to Nancy Harper not in attendance, Nancy Hodge acted as President.
The eleven members and two guests were served a delicious mandarin orange cake with a cup of orange sherbet. Drinks were a choice of coffee, tea (sweet or unsweet), peach tea or lemonade.
After dessert, the club collect was read and the previous meeting minutes were approved. Treasurer Marilyn Fischer informed members that she had an audit done of the books. Everything was in order and the report was approved.
The meeting for September that was to be held on the 8th was changed due to a conflict in schedule with the Chrisman Sesquicentennial celebrations. Sympathy cards were signed by members and sent to Jack Wyatt and family as well as a Get Well card for Nancy Harper.
Members discussed the possibility of doing something for the Sesquicentennial, but due to many members of the club being involved in other events during the celebrations, it was decided that a banner would be made and put up on the club’s display in the Chrisman Public Library. Marge Foor and Kay Fidler volunteered to be in charge of the banner.
Penny Cook had the program for the meeting. Cook based her program on sayings that William Shakespeare invented that we still use today. Many of his sayings were used in his sonnets, plays, tragedies and even insults.
Some of the sayings we use today include: Heart of Gold- “The king’s a bawcock, and a heart of gold, a lad of life, an imp of fame, of parents good, of fist most valiant.”- Pistol; Ice Breaker- “If it be so, sir, that you are the man must stead us all, and me amongst the rest, and if you break the ice and do this feat, achieve the elder, set the younger free for our access, whose hap shall be to have her will not so graceless be to be ingrate.” — Tranio, The Taming of the Shrew
Wild Goose Chase- “Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done, for thou hast more of the wild-goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have in my whole five. Was I with you there for the goose?” — Mercutio
The green eyed monster- “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; / It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on…” — Iago, Othello
Give the devil his due- “And I will take up that with ‘Give the devil his due.'” – Orleans, Henry IV Part 1
Wear your heart on your sleeve- “But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve / For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.” — Iago, Othello
Too much of a good thing- “Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?” – Rosalind, As You Like It
It’s all Greek to me- “Nay, an I tell you that, I’ll ne’er look you i’ the face again: but those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me.” — Casca, Julius Caesar
Shakespeare could also be named ‘The King of Insults’, as he was also famous for his use of words to express a character’s feelings or his own. Some of his famous insults include: “A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.”
(All’s Well That Ends Well- Act 3 Scene 6); “Away, you starvelling, you elf-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish!” (Henry IV Part 1- Act 2 Scene 4) and “Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver’d boy.” (Macbeth- Act 5, Scene 3).
Members had a laugh as more insults were read and papers were handed out for them to create their own Shakespearean insults.
The next meeting will be July 14th with Nancy Hodge and Marilyn Fischer as hostesses. A location will be told at a later time to members.