Philip Weller caricature
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 Romeo and Juliet, 1.4.4 - 1.4.5: "We'll have no Cupid hoodwink'd with a scarf, / Bearing a Tartar's painted bow of lath"


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Romeo and Juliet,
Act 1, Scene 4, line 4.
Benvolio is expressing his disgust at the possibility of their going to such great lengths to get into a party given by their enemies, the Capulets, including costuming the person who gives their introductory speech [to gain entrance to the feast] as Cupid, hoodwink'd—blindfolded with a scarf, carrying a Tartar's bow made of lath, a thin, cheap strip of wood [pictured on the right], suitable for a pretend bow. Cupid's bow is like a Tartar's Bow, which—because it packs quite a lot of power into a relatively small space—is suitable for shooting from a mobile platform, such as a horse or Cupid's hand as he flies through the air. Tartar bow

A blindfolded, armed Cupid (c. 1460) by Piero della Francesca
Cupid Blindfolded