Those New Lockdown Guidelines: A Shakespearean Perspective

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“The weird Sisters”: Painting by Henry Fuseli (1983), currently in the Kunsthaus Collection, Germany and understood to be free of all copyright worldwide

Macbeth, Act I, Sc 1 (the lockdown version):

First Witch
When shall we three meet again?
(Three of us? Or just the twain?)
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch
When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
In those pastures blessed by sun,
The other side of alpine tun-

Third Witch
That will be ere the end of Mon-
day? Wednesday? Please: just pick a one!

First Witch
Where the place?

Second Witch
Upon the heath.
Or in a park.
(But not when dark).

Third Witch
There to meet with Macbeth.
Though since he’s Scot, an frit of death.
Better, p’raps, not hold your breath

First Witch
I come, Grayling!

Second Witch
Paddock calls.

Third Witch
Anon. (from Twitter)
Says anyway: it’s all just balls.

Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
Unless you nurse or give us care:
Without a mask, you’ve not a prayer.

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Feminist, writer, campaigner on political and sexual liberty who also knows a bit about IT, the law and policing. Not entirely serious…

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