Shallow Keep a gamester from the dice, and a good student from his book, and it is wonderful.
The first quote for today is from Act III, Scene I of The Merry Wives of Windsor (1602).
Shallow seems to represent the Elizabethan equivalent of a High School bully, seeking to deprive people of the things they love. Where there are dice, and Geeks, there are always bullies.
Although full credit to Shakespeare for citing a period label for a gamer. Gamester is not a bad term, and something you could throw into the conversation tonight. The term certainly has a strong pedigree.
Edgar Wine lov’d I dearly, dice dearly; and in woman out-paramour’d the Turk:
My second quote is from Act III, Scene IV of King Lear (1608).
If Shallow showed us an Elizabethan bully, then Edgar is giving us an alpha-Geek. I shall pass over the fact that he was disguised as a madman when giving this speech. The image of a hard-drinking, hard-dicing geek with a string of girlfriends is something many of us might aspire to.
Well, in my younger days, anyway.
May you be a gamester who lived dice dearly!
PS This marks my 200th Notes of a GM, making me quite the prolific blogster.