Tu dici che ami la pioggia, ma quando piove apri l’ombrello.
Tu dici che ami il sole, ma quando splende cerchi l’ombra.
Tu dici che ami il vento, ma quando tira chiudi la porta.
Per questo ho paura quando dici che mi ami.
—  William Shakespeare.

For those who scoff at Romeo and Juliet’s “three day” relationship:

The purpose of Romeo and Juliet is not to validate the love between the two protagonists. The purpose is not to prove the depth of their feelings for one another. The purpose is to explore the innocent beauty of a specific type of love: young infatuation. The fact that Juliet and Romeo knew each other for three days does not disprove their level of affection. Love does not have a tangible definition, and Shakespeare clearly wanted to show the illogical (but stunning) commitment of children in a relationship that people so often mock. The beauty of the story is that the love was so pure and unquestioned. It is true that the brief nature of the story clearly aided the tumultuous, and yet constant sentiment between the lovers. The play would not be profound without the severe consequence of death, but that is what makes the literally undying love so gorgeous and shocking.

Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,
Will play the tyrants to the very same
And that unfair which fairly doth excel;
For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter, and confounds him there;
Sap checked with frost, and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o’er-snowed and bareness every where:
Then were not summer’s distillation left,
A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft,
Nor it, nor no remembrance what it was:
  But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet,
  Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.
—  Sonnet 5, William Shakespeare

Today I am unapologetically continuing my totally illogical and poorly-thought-out Shakespeare/Sondheim Into the Woods parody mash-up (part 1 can be found in here).

For those of you not familiar with Into the Woods, the first song is "Hello Little Girl" and the second is "Agony". Tune in again on Friday for one final Into the (Shakespearean) Woods comic, in which I will totally fail to neatly wrap up all the disparate plot lines.