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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MacBeth, revisited

Something about the race for the Republican nomination brings to mind Act IV, Scene I of MacBeth, in which three witches gather around a cauldron in a dark cave. The second witch recites the following recipe for trouble: 


Fillet of a fenny snake, 
In the caldron boil and bake; 
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, 
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, 
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, 
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,— 
For a charm of powerful trouble, 
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. 



An updated version, with apologies to Mr. Shakespeare: 


Fillet of a human snake 
In the cauldron boil and bake; 
Tongue of Newt, and Freddie Mac, 
Money of Sheldon in your PAC,
Sociopath's ego, and ex-wife's ring, 
A TV station, interviewing, --
For a charm of powerful trouble, 
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.


The second version sounds like a far worse batch of trouble to me. 

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