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Mrs Ford's next line was 'We burn daylight' - see BURN DAYLIGHT (wanton revelling). 10 AN/ANNE This scene, which begins with Mrs Ford's asking Mrs Page for 'counsel' (COUNSEL, to play the whore, bawd), ends with Mrs Page's suggestion they 'consult' (counsel) together. ' But the bond (Lcopula) is denied him and he is altered (is, on that score, screwed or buggered, fig. castrated). 20) his 'Two stones' or testicles (JEWEL), a 'sealed bag' (SEAL, scrotum). 366) Shylock does not have left 'the value of a cord' with which to 'hang' himself - does not have left rope (cord for hanging - OED) or ROPE (the penis).
Gold angels are offered by ingles 'smelling so sweetly, all musk'; but Mrs Ford won't sip a cup (sign of GANYMEDE, cup-bearer and boy lover of Zeus) with these effeminates. 79). 200: Prince. 0, my sweet beef, I must still be good angel to thee: the money is paid back again. Falstaff 0, I do not like that paying back; 'tis a double labour. In MWW above, Falstaff compared himself to Zeus, 'Jove [who 1wast a bull' and makes 'a man a beast [BEAST, sodomite)'. l8, 26, 50). WAG: effeminate boy. Zanzeri: 'Ganimeds ...
22. The Dauphin calls his horse 'Ie cheval volant, the Pegasus' (see PEGASUS for this pun on Fr volant, a capon), 'a beast for Perseus', whose 'dull elements ... appear [(AP)PEAR/a pair, mate] ... only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him'. 'My horse is my mistress' (47) says the Dauphin, and when he mounts (coitally - C; P) this gelding, it stands in PATIENT stillness (role ofthe female or passive male). v. Horse). See CREATURE, CE and TA; ILL, RJ; ABOMINABLE, MM. Beat Cudgel sexually.
A Dictionary of Shakespeare’s Sexual Puns and Their Significance by Frankie Rubinstein