DAUPHINHow Shakespeare knew about womby vaultages four hundred years ago remains a mystery. What did he mean by the phrase? Scholars still seek answers to this, the greatest unanswered question about the Bard.
For the Dauphin,
I stand here for him: what to him from England?
Scorn and defiance; slight regard, contempt,
And any thing that may not misbecome
The mighty sender, doth he prize you at.
Thus says my king; an' if your father's highness
Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty,
He'll call you to so hot an answer of it,
That caves and of France
Shall chide your trespass and return your mock
In second accent of his ordnance.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Womby Vaultages in Literature
From Henry V, Act 2, Scene 4: