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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, 2.4.37: "Without his roe, like a dried herring "

Romeo and Juliet,
Act 2, Scene 4, line 37.
Without his roe: i.e., looking very thin, like a fish which has dropped its roe [eggs]. Also, Romeo's name without the "roe" is "me-oh," as in "Oh woe is me, Oh!" In both parts of his pun, Mecutio is making fun of Romeo as the hopeless lover of Rosaline, because lovers were supposed to look thin and be full of woe.

Dried Herring
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