August 20, 2006

sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.

~the Beehive lady formerly known as The Shieldmaiden

may i introduce myself...for i am a changed individual:

i will henceforth appear to all as Beatrice.

and now - a few of my favorite quotes from Much Ado About Nothing:

My dear Lady Disdain, are you yet living?

Is it possible disdain should die while she hath such meet food to feed upon as Signior Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come in her presence.

Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted: and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none.

A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.


Lynn Bruce said...

beehivers beware: we believe that this brave and beautiful beatrice will be a bolder and more bountiful blogger than the bygone shieldmaiden.

fa-so-la-la said...

So are you saying that you, as Beatrice's namesake, would also rather hear a dog bark than a man swear he loves you? My dear, foolish girl, allow me protest! I say that's rather rum, don't you know.

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band said...

"the only thing that rhymes with lady" Haha, that is my favorite play. Like your new name too. It suites you?

gabbie said...

Now, i haven't seen Much Ado About Nothing yet, but 'the shieldmaiden' sounded so much more tranquil and...overall, nice. I've heard things about this Beatrice. She doesn't sound like the most cheerful of ladies.

But, it is your name, what?

We'll miss you, shieldmaiden.
Hullo, beatrice!

Leslie Noelani Laurio said...

I love the new name! That's one of my favorite movies, and those are some of the best lines from it.

Lynn Bruce said...

Probably my favorite play, too... oooh, there's just nothing quite like watching Branagh and Thompson spit out this bit of repartee... but I prefer to think she chose Beatrice because it was her much-beloved great grandmother's name.

But that grandmother was a beautiful and brilliant spitfire of a woman, too, so... Which Beatrice inspired this change of identity? Hmmm. Maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe a bit of both.

And anyone who finds the Bard's Beatrice so terribly frightful has perhaps not read all the way to the end of the play? Let's just say Benedick finds her well worth the trouble.

Nomos said...

"There's a double meaning in that!"

An excellent play, and an excellent choice for your new name, formerly the lady of the shield. Hmm, it might be interesting to see if any of the other bloggers change their names to Benedick...


Nardo said...

I just watched this movie for the first time yesterday and don't know quite what to think.
I don't think I was quite prepared for it!
I am a huge ET fan though!

Nardo said...

ET being Emma Thompson. :)

elliebird said...

Very Good, Claire! I have a confession to make. After I read your email, I, being the hopelessly forgetful person that I am, forgot to even think about it. However, you seem to have gotten along quite well without me. In fact, better.

LaceyP said...

I think it'll take a while for me to get used to...but I like it! Love you, B! :)

Deeapaulitan said...

If I do
not take pity of her, I am a villain; if I do not
love her, I am a Jew.

Most excellent choice!

Cimmanim said...

I have loved the Shieldmaiden well, and shall no doubt love Beatrice even better.

The movie and play are absolutely exquisite...