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 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"

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