Note to The Merchant of Venice, 3.5.16-17. "Scylla, your father, I fall into Charybdis"


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The Merchant of Venice,
Act 3, Scene 5, lines 16-17.
Scylla, your father, I fall into Charybdis: Scylla was a sea-monster and Charybdis a whirlpool in the strait between Italy and Sicily in The Odyssey, xii.255. The difficulty of avoiding one without falling prey to the other is still proverbial.

An engraving by Joseph Anton Koch (1768-1839)
shows a ship passing between the sea monsters Scylla, left, and Charybdis
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