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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 Hamlet, 4.5.176-177: "And there is pansies; that's for thoughts"


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Act 4, Scene 5, lines 176-177
And there is pansies; that's for thoughts: —Ophelia is speaking of the wildflower which is the ancestor of the garden flower developed in the nineteenth century. The flower had three common names: heartsease, love-in-idleness, and pansy (derived from the French word pensÚs, thoughts). All three names of the flower evoke love thoughts, and the flower was an emblem of love and courtship.