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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 Hamlet, 2.1.62: "With windlasses and with assays of bias"


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"Assays of bias," meaning "indirect attempts," is a figure of speech derived from lawn bowling, in which a player must sometimes make his ball curve around his opponent's ball in order to hit the target ball.

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