Saturday, January 31, 2009

Shakespearean koan ...

... while preparing a barley pilaf this evening I remembered, for some reason, that ever since I served as a prompter for a run of Much Ado About Nothing many years ago, I have from time to time thought of a particular line of Dogberry's as the equivalent, in English, of a Zen koan. The line is this:

... well, God's a good man; an two men

ride of a horse, one must ride behind.

I will say no more. Koans are not meant to be explicated.


  1. Have seen that line played so it was falling down funny. Only once though, fifty years ago. Other performances don't seem to grasp that it is a joke.

  2. Actually, it was delivered very humorously in the production I was the prompter for. Which was about 46 years ago. Tempus fugit.