Let … come- “lions i’th’Tower”- from the time of Henry I (1100-35), kings had kept a small menagerie in the Tower of London (Cf. Stow, Annales, p. 895). Occasionally- in 1609 and 1610- lions were baited for the amusement of nobility. Candlemas is 2 February; cf. the proverb, ‘If Candlemas day be fair and bright, winter will have another flight’, i.e. last six weeks longer. Flamineo warns that all men of noble spirit (lions are the king of beasts) will enjoy only brief happiness if they live in service of powerful men at court (J. R. Brown, fn. 265-8, p. 166).
September 24, 2007
Tilley attributes nine lives to women and cats, but Flamineo’s muses seem quite unique (Gunby, Carnegie and Jackson, p. 358)
With the effect of emphasising her bravery, Jane Gurnett’s Vittoria in Gale Hunter’s 1996 Royal Shakespeare Company production literally ‘met’ Lodovico’s gun, walking towards it until in contact with the weapon.
September 08, 2007
Since rest breeds rest, where all seek pain by pain- Simplistically may mean ‘taking things easy brings contentment, whereas taking trouble only leads to trouble’, but Flamineo probably means taking one’s ease leads to more ease (i.e. death), in a world where everyone who makes effort is seeking their own misery and suffering (J. R. Brown, fn. 274, p. 167). Cf. The Duchess of Malfi, II.4.23. For the spirit of this epitaph of the weary end of the Renaissance, cf. The Duchess of Malfi, II.5. 77-9. l. 256-8- Cf. the savage independence of Bosola, The Duchess of Malfi. V.4.94-5.