Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect,
Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
As broad and general as the casing air.
But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in
To saucy doubts and fears.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 20-4.
On learning that his murderers failed to kill Fleance; "broad and general" means free and unconfined; "casing" means surrounding.