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Tombe, tombe, neige des souvenirs, sur le
Petit theatre dans la boule de verre
Fall, fall, snow of memories on the
Little theater in the ball of glass.
“Zounds”, the favored oath of Iago, is short for “God’s wounds”.
“God’s bodykins”, as Hamlet cries, is an oath taken on God’s body with a diminutive added making it by God’s little/dear body. Except that it is plural, so it’s “God’s little/dear bodies”.
“Mark Twain, saddled with a cast of characters selected by Henry James, would be quick to maneuver them all into wells.”
-John Gardner, The Art of Fiction