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    Hi,

    Could anyone tell me what the phrase 'accidents by flood and field" means? Thanks a lot.

    Mei

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    Quote Originally Posted by mei
    Hi,

    Could anyone tell me what the phrase 'accidents by flood and field" means? Thanks a lot.

    Mei
    I don't recall ever seeing that phrase, but I might be able to guess its meaning if I have sufficient context.

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    It comes from Shakespeare:
    Of moving accidents by flood and field.
    - Othello the Moor of Venice (Othello at I, iii)

    From the text, I think it means 'accidents that occured in fields or with floods'. :D
    Her father loved me; oft invited me;
    Still question’d me the story of my life,
    From year to year, the battles, sieges, fortunes,
    That I have passed.
    I ran it through, even from my boyish days,
    To the very moment that he bade me tell it:
    Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances,
    Of moving accidents by flood and field,
    Of hair-breadth ’scapes i’ the imminent deadly breach,
    Of being taken by the insolent foe
    And sold to slavery, of my redemption thence
    And portance in my travels’ history;
    Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle,
    Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heaven,
    It was my hint to speak,—such was the process;
    And of the Cannibals that each other eat,
    The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads
    Do grow beneath their shoulders. This to hear 2
    Would Desdemona seriously incline.

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    Sometimes, the context needed to understand an unfamiliar phrase is considerable indeed.

    Shakespeare wrote such poetry as stands up down throught the ages. It moves the soul.

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    I had to look it up- without the context, it would have meant nothing at all to me. :?

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