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Philip and Weller hugging

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-- 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 A Midsummer's Night Dream, 1.1.76: "But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd"

A Midsummer's Night Dream,
Act 1, Scene 1, line 76.
earthlier happy: happier on earth. the rose distill'd: metaphorically, a married woman. —Distillation concentrates a substance into its essence, and I believe that Shakespeare is thinking that a woman fulfills more of her 'essence' when she is married than when she is single.

the rose distill'd