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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, 2.1.38: "An open et caetera"

Romeo and Juliet,
Act 2, Scene 1, line 38.
What appears in the earliest text of Romeo and Juliet is "open et caetera," but editors often substitute "open-arse," which was a slang name for the fruit of the medlar. My guess is that such editors do so as a result of societal prudishness. However, I think it's just as possible that Shakespeare actually did write "open et caetera," which makes the meaning clear, but wittily, rather than grossly.

Medlar and Pop'rin Pear