Ready for a little Shakespeare? Good! I knew you would be.

In Act IV at the end of Scene III of Shakespeare’s play, The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio tells Katharina, his recent bride, that they will soon leave for Padua (hooray!)1 and visit her father there. “Let’s see; I think ’tis now some seven o’clock, And well we may come there by dinner-time.” Katharina replies, “I dare assure you, sir, ’tis almost two; And ’twill be supper-time ere you come there.” In indignation at being corrected, Petruchio refuses to go:

“It shall be seven ere I go to horse:
Look, what I speak, or do, or think to do,
You are still crossing it. Sirs, let’t alone:
I will not go to-day; and ere I do,
It shall be what o’clock I say it is.”

To this Hortensio says to the audience, “Why, so this gallant will command the sun.”

In other news, the BBC posted the following news from the G8 summit:

Developed and developing nations have agreed that global temperatures should not rise more than 2C above 1900 levels, a G8 summit declaration says.

That is the level above which, the UN says, the Earth’s climate system would become dangerously unstable.

In other other news, the G8 summit agreed that there should be only five hurricanes this year, the tides should go out only and not back in, and earthquakes are right out.

OK, so I made up the last bit, but the members are as likely to be listened to by the forces of nature in my “other other” news as they are to command the climate and be obeyed. They are laboring under the mistaken idea that CO2 is the driving force behind global warming when the #1 cause of global warming is, of course, the sun.

Why, so these gallants will command the sun.


1 In the 1976 version of The Taming of the Shrew (my favorite production), everyone in the cast cheers each time someone mentions the name of the city of Padua (hooray!).

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