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 The Tempest, 2.2.13 "adders . . . with cloven tongues"

The Tempest,
Act 2, Scene 2, line 13
The adder is England's only poisonous snake, but it is very common, inhabiting a variety of terrains. Thus many people in Shakespeare's audience would how being wound about with adders could drive one crazy.
adder showing forked tongue

English Adder
Photo by permission of Jason Steel