A Dictionary of Shakespeare’s Sexual Puns and Their by Frankie Rubinstein

By Frankie Rubinstein

'...Rubinstein is much from blameless and is derived to our reduction with loads of learning...and is kind of correct to induce that to not relish the sexiness of Shakespeare's language impoverishes our personal knowing of him. For something, it used to be a powerful aspect in his entice Elizabethans, who have been less woolly-mouthed and smooth-tongued than we're. for one more, it has constituted a salty preservative for his paintings, between those that can savour it...an enlightening book.' A.L.Rowse, The Standard

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The Bank: the brothel-quarter of London, home of the SISTERS of the Bank, or Bankside Ladies. Jonson, 'An Execration upon Vulcan': 'the Winchesterian Goose [whore] Bred on the Banck ... When Venus there maintain'd the Misterie'. ' says Lorenzo of Portia's place at Belmont. 'Sit, Jessica. Look how the floor of heaven/ Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold'; but 'this muddy vesture of decay' keeps us from hearing the soul's harmony. i when Bassanio spoke of Portia's 'golden fleece/ Which makes her seat of Belmont' (170; italics added) the seat (bane) or bank he aimed to marry 'to get clear of all the debts lowe' (134).

Bane: a seat (Cot). 65: 'thrice from the banks of Wye/ And sandy-bottom'd Severn have I sent him/ Bootless home and weather-beaten back' (italics added). Thus Glendower describes how he made an impotent arse of Henry: less his BOOTS (buttocks, coitus) a WEATHER/wether or castrated male. He then does the same to Hotspur (TWO HOURS) in their anticipated division of the land. To his son-in-law he assignes certain parts (Mortimer says the river is 'gelding' his share); to himself 'all the fertile land'; and to Hotspur 'the remnant' (RAG, TSH: a remnant, castrate).

Parolles is a WORD / whored. ). Lflatus: a breath, a fart - Parolles ('beaten in Italy' -ITALY, home of buggery), meant to be buggered, farted upon. ). 322) Lafeu says, 'Good Tom Drum, lend me a handkercher. wait on me home, I'll make sport with thee'. Good Tom Drum (a thing to be beaten), LEND (fuck) him; wait on him HOME (where one comes sexually) and they will make sport (sex-play - C; P), Tom Drum's Entertainment: a 'very clumsy sort of horse-play' (B). i: 'compare him to ... a drum for every one may play upon him' - 'a child's whistle were far the fitter' .

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