Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Much Ado About Nothing, 1.1.214: "short daughter"

Much Ado About Nothing,
Act 1, Scene 1, line 214.
short daughter: The part of Hero was played by a short boy, who was probably paired with a noticeably taller boy who played Beatrice. Compare to A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which the two romantic heroines, Hermia and Helena, engage in a short vs. tall cat fight.