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Daiichi Shakespeare

January 1, 2012


See Richard III, act I, scene 2

By David Ritchie

The previous post quoted Shakespeare. As he wrote so much that applies to crises, here are other lines for the present situation.

On radioactive plumes: “The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.” (Julius Caesar, V, 1)

On radionuclide uptake: “Yet have I something in me dangerous …” (Hamlet, V, 1)

On Japan’s beauty: “Never came poison from so sweet a place.” (Richard III, I, 2)

And on post-3/11 realities: “Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, / For wise men say it is the wisest course.” (Henry VI, part 3, III, 1)

Read that last again, and take it to heart.

We haven’t many other options.

ⓒDavid Ritchie 2012

(David Ritchie lives and works in Seoul, Korea. He welcomes correspondence and asks only that it be civil in tone. Contact: kwriter [at]


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One Comment
  1. I added some Shakespeare quotes to yours… I hope you don’t mind the borrowing of the concept.

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