Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

25 November 2007

Shakespearean Conundrum

When Othello imagines Cassio and Desdemona in bed together does he imagine the boy playing Desdemona in bed with the boy playing Cassio?

The answer is, of course, that he imagines nothing at all. Stanislavski hadn't been born yet. But what does the audience imagine?

And what does the audience imagine when we imagine Cassio and Iago in bed together?

I am writing a really fun paper right now.