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    hell hath no fury

    "hell hath no fury". I saw this on new paper. what does it mean?

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    Re: hell hath no fury

    Quote Originally Posted by shahul View Post
    "hell hath no fury". I saw this on new paper. what does it mean?
    It is commonly misquoted in this form from: Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.
    The meaning is that nothing, not even Hell, can be as violent as the rage of a woman who has been scorned/spurned by he lover.

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    #3

    Re: hell hath no fury

    Thanks, I thought it was from Shakespeare! Or had remembered so incorrectly.

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    Re: hell hath no fury

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Thanks, I thought it was from Shakespeare! Or had remembered so incorrectly.
    I did, too, until I checked .

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    #5

    Re: hell hath no fury

    Me three.

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    #6

    Re: hell hath no fury

    And I thought it was hath.

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    #7

    Re: hell hath no fury

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Me three.
    Me four.

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    Re: hell hath no fury

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    And I thought it was hath.
    Me too.

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    #9

    Re: hell hath no fury

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    And I thought it was hath.
    So did I, and it was a surprise to me how the original had 'a' fury, which was dropped to maintain the metre; it was quite unusual anyway - perhaps 'a fury' was more widely used then. Nowadays, fury is chiefly (only?) countable when it's either a mythological Greek one (Erinyes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) or in a construction such as 'she gave leash to a fury that nobody had expected' [which, now I think of it, is an ellipted form of 'a sort of fury'.

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