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It is a bawdy planet, that will strike
Where 'tis predominant; and 'tis powerful, think it,
From east, west, north and south: be it concluded,
No barricado for a belly; know't;
It will let in and out the enemy
With bag and baggage: many thousand on's
Have the disease, and feel't not. How now, boy!
- WT I, ii
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Spark Notes No Fear version in modern English:
WT, I, ii, Leontes:
. . . .
Theres no remedy for it, since it is a world full of lust,
from east to west and north and south. Theres no
barricade you can build around the womb, and ones
enemy will go in and out as he pleases. Thousands
of us have the disease and dont know it. What now,
Metaphor of warfare shows in imagery of "barricade" and defensive
walls. "Disease" could be "lust" and/or some STD, maybe like virus in
the world's body, extending the universality of the plot. "Bawdy
planet" says a lot.