Where be your gibes now, your games… your flashes of merriment that set the table on a roar…

What a wonderful quote from Shakespeare

(I have added the words in red to explain the meaning)

The "gravedigger scene" The Gravedig...

Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Yorick! Hamlet sits in a cemtary and looks at Yorick’s skull.

I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest fun, of most excellent fancy wonderful imagination.

He hath borne carried me on his back a thousand times, and now,

how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. How sad and terrible it is to think about him being gone.

Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft.

—Where be your gibes teasing now? Your gambols dance, play, frolic ? Your songs?

Your flashes of merriment

that were wont to set the table on a roar? That made everyone at the table roar with laughter?

Not one now to mock your own grinning? No one now to laugh at your jokes?

Quite chapfallen? Do you feel sad about that?

Now get you to my lady’s chamber and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor

she must come. No matter how much makeup she puts on, her face will end up like yours—gone. Make her laugh at that.—Prithee, pray thee (I ask you) Horatio, tell me one thing…”

from Hamlet   (Act 5, Scene 1)

This is such a wonderful quote from Shakespeare. Hamlet remembers what a fun and wonderful person Yorick was, and a fine friend. In fact he called him a man of infinite fun who had an incredible imagination to think up fun things to do and funny jokes. He was so good at it that he worked for the king as a jester.

“But where are your banters, teasings, your dancing, your songs, your flashes of merriment that made everybody at the table roar with laughter?” I think of a table full of people out in the forest surrounded by lush green trees with a bonfire nearby, children playing close to the table. What a wonderful time that must have been.

I had a friend like Yorick once. He was the kind of guy who could walk into a room and liven it up, make everyone laugh and have fun. What a joy to have a friend like that! Like the song says, those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end…

But my friend got married and I moved away and so we parted. I’ve never had a friend quite like him. He was always fun to be around, always there when I needed him. Have you had many friends like that? Leave a comment and tell us about some of your special friends.


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  2. Good feedback. Not my inetnt to be idiotic but who ever sets out to BE idiotic. As for the “Smarty Pants” reference guilty as charged. Will try not to let it happen again. Appreciate your taking the time to give me a good smack fellow Martin (this isn’t myself talking to myself but it could be LOL). Marty

  3. Cynthia, just knowing the Shakespearean srocue of the title makes the book sound more compelling. I remember feeling a similar sadness and triumph when finishing Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy at over 1,4000 pages. I loved the Macleod quotation in the post below. Your writing retreat sounds like paradise. Congratulations on getting a story published. I can see from these posts how much you love descriptive detail. You paint pictures with your words. Nice to catch up with you!

  4. I have three very dear friends who have moved away to different states. With the busyness of life it’s hard to keep in contact but when we talk again it’s like there are no miles between us and no time has passed. I’m so thankful for them 🙂 Thanks so much for your like on my blog! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  5. A wonderful post. My favourite soliquy from Hamlet is the “To be or not to be that is the question”, it never fails to send shivers down my spine.

      • Sarah, thanks for your cmeomnt and your nice words about my writing. The Shakespeare connection to Infinite Jest definitely adds another layer to the novel. It was nice to catch up with you on your blog as well!

    • Ahh, Jenjen, never fear – even Martha can have “faulty” recipes like those other chefs; althuogh you certainly made those molasses cookies look like absolute perfection! bravo!

    • Hi there my name is Jeena and I have started a food recpie forum that I thought you would like to join here I would love to see you on there to chat about food and cooking and you can talk about anything you like and start your very own topics. 🙂 or see my main food recpie website You have an excellent food website yourself and your just the right person to take part on our cooking forum, your going to love it!Hope to see you soon- your most welcome to come and join us foodies, we are a friendly group and you will have lots of fun. 🙂 Thanks Jeena xjeenaskitchen.com/forum

    • Those look amazing! I have to say, I agree with many of the ceomentmrs – honestly not a huge molasses fan, only except during the fall/winter season. But I would change that opinion in a heart beat soley because your photos are stunning, there is nothing more to it – Absolutely beautiful!!! I have to ask – what is your secret to that beautiful lighting? and what kind of camera do you have?!I wonder if you could replace the molasses with honey and possibly add a little ginger/nutmeg spice to it? Plus the honey might kick down the sweetness a touch. In any case, I will have to make them!

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