Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cloudy Days

Henry IV, part 1.
Act 1, scene 2, lines 205-210.

Prince Hal is giving examples of how we have greater appreciation for blessings when we have to forego them temporarily and then can enjoy their reinstatement. And thus Shakespeare unknowingly commented on Seasonal Affective Disorder:

The sun doth permit the base contagious clouds
to smother up his beauty from the world,
that, when he please again to be himself,
being wanted, he may be more wondered at,
by breaking through the foul and ugly mists
of vapors that did seem to strangle him.

Although, honestly, I personally think it might be okay if I enjoyed the sun while taking it for granted, and not having to rejoice in its return because, after all, it'd been there all along.... Now, really, what would be so bad about that?

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree. I have been THOROUGHLY enjoying this sunny and 75 to 80 degree weather that we have been having. I could live with that year round!