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 King Lear, 1.1.159

King Lear,
Act 1, Scene 1, line 159
Lear has just ordered Kent out of his sight, and Kent's defiant reply, "See better, Lear; and let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye," may be paraphrased, as "If it would help you to see better, Lear, I am willing to always remain here as the target of your angry looks." Also note that when Kent first objected to Lear's actions he addressed him as "Royal Lear"; now he addresses him simply as "Lear," an act of shocking disrespect.
Medieval Archery Target
Medieval Archery Target