“Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphosed me,
Made me neglect my studies, lose my time,
War with good counsel, set the world at nought;
Made wit with musing weak, heart sick with thought.”
(Two Gentlemen of Verona, act 1, sc. 1)
Comments. Change ‘Julia’ to the name of the applicable lady. With minor modification turn the line into an answer to ‘How is your love life?’. E.G. “Clorinda, she has metamorphosed me… thought.” Or you may use the quote to show the extraordinary power Clorinda has over you.
On the business of neglecting our studies, not all agree that it is a bad thing. According to Robert Burton (1577-1640), author of the monumental “The Anatomy of Melancholy”, “A mere scholar, a mere ass.” And according to the American philosopher Irwin Edman (1896-1954) “Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine.” Nor we should forget Seneca, who in one of his letter to Lucilius says, “It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they drive him into the profession of a school-master.”
If you like this website why not subscribe (see last menu item to the right)? You will get automatically any new blog as well as any other information and novelty that will be forthcoming, including a system to effortlessly (yes) remember hundreds of Shakespearean quotes by heart while having fun in the process. You can also chat with me – please go to the chat-page. And I promise, no sales calls, trade leads, venomous schemes, hidden plots, Machiavellian conspiracies, commercial ploys, psychological tricks, leads exchanges, barter proposals, suggestions or offers of any kind imaginable (and unimaginable).
In the play. Valentine, who proclaims himself to be resistant to the allurements of love, has left Verona for Milan to seek a career in the retinue of the Duke of Milan. Proteus remains in Verona and meditates on his own situation and attraction to Julia and its consequences.
Image Source: http://www.edvard-munch.com/gallery/love/melancoly.htm