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    like patience on a monument = like resignation incarnated

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence from the Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”?

    Duke: And what’s her history?
    Viola: A blank, my lord. She never told her love,
    But let concealment, like a worm in the bud,
    Feed on her damask cheek, she pined in thought;
    And, with a green and yellow melancholy.
    She sat like patience on a monument,
    Smiling in grief. Was not this love, indeed?

    like patience on a monument = like resignation incarnated/personified

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: like patience on a monument = like resignation incarnated

    If she's smiling despite her suffering, could it really be called 'resignation'?

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    Re: like patience on a monument = like resignation incarnated

    Hi Tdol,

    Sometimes your laconic and muddled questions pass beyond my comprehension. I am none the wiser for it.

    You put me in an awkward situation. It is all too obvious that “smile” is compatible to “resignation”.

    a smile of resignation to the reality that she is cut off from the joys of friendship and a smile of amused sadness

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    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: like patience on a monument = like resignation incarnated

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence from the Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”?

    Duke: And what’s her history?
    Viola: A blank, my lord. She never told her love,
    But let concealment, like a worm in the bud,
    Feed on her damask cheek, she pined in thought;
    And, with a green and yellow melancholy.
    She sat like patience on a monument,
    Smiling in grief. Was not this love, indeed?

    like patience on a monument = like resignation incarnated/personified

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    **I am neither an English Lit teacher nor a student and it has been awhile since I read through Twelfth Night**


    My deconstruction would go as follows.
    1) She is obviously hiding her feelings.
    --She never told her love
    --She let concealment feed on her damask cheek
    -- like a worm [hiding] in a flower bud

    2)with melancholy She sat Smiling in grief like patience on a monument
    I interpret this as describing how she was sitting, her demeanor. Her expression etched in stone, unchanging, fixed like a statue, with all the patience of a monument that will stand for generations.

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