23 July 2008
Was this a Good or Bad omen???
You decide. I thought it was purty innerestin'. So, when I was a wee bairn, in first grade I think, a Shakespeare troupe came to my wee school in El Centro, Ca to perform scenes from Macbeth. We knew of this beforehand, because some students were chosen to play bit parts. Since I was the favourite of everyone (no joke!), I was chosen to play one of the three witches that Macbeth consults. Now, all I can remember was my one line, so I had to do some googling to flesh out my story.
Act 4, Scene 1.
So the witches are muttering curses or whatever to themselves around their boiling cauldron, when in strolls Macbeth.....loving his first line to them.
Says he, 'How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags! What is't you do?'
(I would just love it if someone came up to me and called me a hag now)
So they gab a bit more back and forth, and conjure up an apparition, who says:
'Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the thane* of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.'
That was my line. (I realize this was the apparition's line, but I guess there weren't enough students to play parts -cuz there wouldn't be an audience otherwise- so they condensed the lines?? Dunno)
ANYWAY. What I find innerestin, is that at 6 or 7 years old, I hadn't any idea Macbeth was also called 'The Scottish Play' (a fun controversial factoid in itself), and that it of course took place in Scotland. All I knew was my line:
'Macbeth Macbeth, beware Macduff, beware the thane of Fife.'
And yeeeeeeeerz later, I married a man from FIFE! So, was this fate? Or was this a foreshadowing in the seventies, warning me against marrying a THANE from Fife? Am I Macbeth? Is Yooin Macduff?? ACK! I could go crazy from the implications. So, was me meeting and marrying my Fifer a curse or destiny? Time will only tell..... wooooo oooooo :scary ghost noises:
* Thane - In medieval Scotland, a person of rank holding land from the king [Old English thegn]. (okay, this is just freaky. Yooin is a property developer too. Shall I run for the hills now??)