Word of the Week: ‘Easter’ (n.) – (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) the most important festival of the Christian Church, commemorating the Resurrection of Christ. Also from Proto-Germanic Austron, a goddess of fertility and spring, probably originally of sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox.
‘Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat,
and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for
quarrelling. Thou hast quarrelled with a man for coughing
in the street because he hath wakened thy dog that hath
lain asleep in the sun. Didst thou not fall out with a tailor
for wearing his new doublet before Easter; with another
for tying his new shoes with old ribbon? And yet thou
wilt tutor me from quarrelling!’
[Mercutio to Benvolio]
Romeo and Juliet III.i
Voiced by Gerard Gilroy
Behind The Voice:
Gerard is one of our fantastic expert guides who leads visitors on daily tours of the iconic Globe Theatre. Our guides bring the space to life with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, of the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the ‘wooden O’ works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.
Gerard’s favourite Shakespeare play is Othello.
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