Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Along with them
They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-faced villain,
A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
A threadbare juggler and a fortune-teller,
A needy, hollow-eyed, sharp looking wretch,
A living dead man.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antipholus of Ephesus, in The Comedy of Errors, act 5, sc. 1, l. 237-42.
Doctor Pinch, a schoolmaster and charlatan ("mountebank"), called in by Adriana to help restore Antipholus when she supposed her husband was mad; "anatomy" means skeleton.