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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, 1.4.79-81: "comes she with a tithe-pig's tail/ Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep, / Then he dreams of another benefice"
another benefice: A benefice is a church office which provides a living. Note that the parson tickled by the tithe-pig's tail is dreaming of another [additional] benefice, as a parson could receive multiple benefices and be the parson of more than one church, collect the hog's share of the churches' incomes, and hire others to do the actual work.