SHAKESPEARE'S DOG: A NOVEL
Volume 11 Number 5.
Shakespeare's Dog is a bawdy, irreverent, and very funny novel told from the point of view of the bard's usually loyal canine friend, Hooker. Stuck in Stratford with a sluttish wife and three "snotnose children" and no prospects for advancement, young Will dreams of Londontown where even the Queen's lapdog applauds a good play. But Anne Hath-her-way will have none of it:
It had been going on for nigh on three
Hooker, "knowing that Stratford was not a dog's town," sides with Master Will and inadvertently creates the crisis that puts them on the road.
But Hooker does not always side with his Two Foot master. He routinely refers to the bard as "bugger," "scribbler," "priss," "sop," and "weasel." Indeed, the mongrel's complaints are numerous and sometimes rather pointed:
The strutter knew no Latin and less Greek,
On the other hand, dog and man seem to share many of the same insights. Hooker has nothing but contempt for the Two Foot's hogs: "Daily he did all and more than these glutted swillers ever asked for or needed, and to hear them root, squeal, and wallow you'd think the world itself revolved around their wet-holes." In the winter, though, Hooker and Master Will would
see something very much resembling our hogs'
If solemn, unadulterated adoration is your only response to Shakespeare's greatness, you will not choose to worship at this shrine. But you'll be missing out. As someone once said, "the cat will mew, the dog will have his day."
Boh Kinczyk, Central Elgin C. I., St. Thomas, ON.
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