Nurseydex vs The Sonnets
Alright, so I’m a theater major, and this semester we have a class completely dedicated to Shakespeare, and it’s amazing and I could talk about it for hours. Anyway, we each had to pick a sonnet and memorize it, and we recited them again today and I had a little flash of inspiration.
If Nursey studied and writes poetry, he’s likely very familiar with Shakespeare’s sonnets (and others as well but we’re talking about Shakespeare here specifically). And like… Dex strikes me as someone who hated it in high school because most of his exposure to it was being forced to read Romeo & Juliet and listening to a bunch of sixteen-year-olds struggle to read and comprehend, and he probably looked at it and felt dumb. (Which is something that happens to people and it makes me So Sad.)
So. Imagine this.
- Dex is taking an English class (yay for required courses), and they’re looking at the sonnets and he just. Hates It. This is hard language to read and comprehend, and when you go in with a bad experience that makes you assume you aren’t going to understand, you really are not going to understand.
- Nursey walks into the Haus and sees his Adorable Ginger Boyfriend reading a book of Shakespeare’s sonnets and gets. He’s just So Excited.
- Derek Nurse is Not Chill about his love of the sonnets and Shakespeare’s impact on the English language
- “You’re reading the sonnets????”
- “What do you think???”
- Dex is silent for a bit. He can tell Nursey’s really excited about the sonnets (he’s not being very subtle), but he just… he Doesn’t Understand and he is Frustrated.
- “I dunno…. I don’t really… I’m just not the type of person who gets this stuff.”
- Nursey hears the phrase “type of person” and just. Oh no.
- “Well… first glance it’s all pretty weird to read, but-”
- “Some people get this but I’m just not one of them, y’know?”
- And so “Operation Fix What High School English Class Broke” is a go.
- Nursey, like most people who have had an actually good Shakespeare teacher, knows that if someone doesn’t understand it, it’s the actor’s/speaker’s fault. Not the listener.
- (Nursey is fully prepared for the fines he will accumulate over the next couple of weeks)