By Frankie Rubinstein
'...Rubinstein is much from blameless and springs to our reduction with loads of learning...and is sort of correct to induce that to not enjoy the sexiness of Shakespeare's language impoverishes our personal knowing of him. For something, it used to be a powerful aspect in his entice Elizabethans, who have been less woolly-mouthed and smooth-tongued than we're. for one more, it has constituted a salty preservative for his paintings, between those that can savour it...an enlightening book.' A.L.Rowse, The Standard
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An entering Chamberlain wants to share the 'secret' (allusive to sexual secrets - C; P) of their conference. He mentions that 'high note's' taken of Anne's 'many virtues'. 'Note' means notice and puns on Gk notos, the back, Anne's back that the Old Lady had suggested could prostitute itself. (Cf. ) 'High note's' evokes musical NOTES or pricks, specif. 21), which is played above (high notes) PLAIN song. The King offers Anne a TITLE (his ass/ arse and prick) and 'annual support' -support meaning to bear, and annual support to bear his arse and eventually his ring, L anus.
When Venus there maintain'd the Misterie'. ' says Lorenzo of Portia's place at Belmont. 'Sit, Jessica. Look how the floor of heaven/ Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold'; but 'this muddy vesture of decay' keeps us from hearing the soul's harmony. i when Bassanio spoke of Portia's 'golden fleece/ Which makes her seat of Belmont' (170; italics added) the seat (bane) or bank he aimed to marry 'to get clear of all the debts lowe' (134). These puns plus those in II. 1-20 on SUCH (Lsie / sick), and the admission of muddy (smutty, bawdy - P) decay, suggest Sh was less than enchanted with the moral atmosphere at Belmont.
At this fusty stuff/The large Achilles, on his press'd bed lolling,/ From his deep chest laughs out a large applause'. 20). Like the Greeks, Sh links pederasty with farting, for the puns on the flatus follow immediately. He puns on pederasty / Gkpordos (a fart) and Lpetere, to break wind. Patroclus speaks like a chime (cloque - Cot) or fart (cloque - Leitner). e. it is broken: it breaks JESTS (farts). Frcasse: breaks, of the voice; cas: buttocks. The voice of this masculine whore breaks (and mends) scurril (mendeux - Cot) jests (scurril/ SQUIRREL, a whore).
A Dictionary of Shakespeare’s Sexual Puns and Their Significance by Frankie Rubinstein