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, 2.2.5 "urchin"


"Urchin" is an old-fashioned word for a hedgehog, currently England's most beloved wild animal. In Shakespeare's time "urchin" was also used as a word for a goblin or elf, because it was thought that goblins and elves could assume the shape of hedgehogs.
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