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, 2.2.125: "the stocks"

King Lear,
Act 2, Scene 2, line 125
The stocks are a wooden frame with holes for the ankles and, sometimes, the wrists. Putting a person in the stocks was meant to be humiliating for the prisoner, and so the stocks are an appropriate punishment for Kent's insolence.

The stocks shown below have places for two offenders to be stocked at the ankles.