Why I Homeschool Reason # 38

Billy Shakes

I was just about to get after Shane for staying up late when he told me he had been reading
Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice.

Then we discussed The Merchant of Venice over breakfast:
Shane: That loophole was pretty awesome.
A pound of flesh but not one drop of blood.
Me: Yeah, that Portia's pretty clever.
Shane: I don't know why he didn't take the offer of two times the money.
I would have--that would have been 6,000 ducats.
Me: I know--it sounds like a lot of money.
Shane: He wanted the guy dead so bad--he could have just
taken the money and gone on with his life.
Me: Revenge makes people do crazy things.
Shane:  True that. I'm going to memorize that part--"The quality of mercy is not
Me: Well, OK, if you insist.

Extra points if you can guess why I chose the number 38 for this homeschool post :)


sethgale92 said…
i'll go for the extra points! ive got two guesses. 1: this year was the 38th shakespeare festival. or 2: after shakespeare's 38th sonnet that says: How can my Muse want subject to invent,
While thou dost breathe, that pour'st into my verse
Thine own sweet argument, too excellent
For every vulgar paper to rehearse?
O, give thyself the thanks, if aught in me
Worthy perusal stand against thy sight;
For who's so dumb that cannot write to thee,
When thou thyself dost give invention light?
Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth
Than those old nine which rhymers invocate;
And he that calls on thee, let him bring forth
Eternal numbers to outlive long date.
If my slight Muse do please these curious days,
The pain be mine, but thine shall be the praise.
mamagale said…
Wow Seth, I like your answer better!
sethgale92 said…
haha well what was your answer?
Melanie said…
Shakespeare is so much fun to discuss! I think #38 is for the number of plays that Billy wrote! Of course that is a subject of debate too.
mamagale said…
'Tis true Melanie--the plays are the thing! 'Tis also true that there is some debate about the exact number, but 38 is the number most often given so I went with it.

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