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Oh Sure, My Valuable, Very Good

Who’s obtained a brand new Shakespeare current? This man!

For Valentine’s Day this yr (I do know, I’m late with the submit) my spouse fully stunned me with a Shakespeare current. I’m very enthusiastic about this, as a result of normally I’ve some clue. Both she or the children hints round, asking for a reminder about what Shakespeare merchandise I have already got. This time she went completely on her personal, and was very excited for me to unwrap it.

It’s really a really snug t-shirt. I’m not terribly snug in t-shirts that intensify how a lot I don’t go to the gymnasium, if what I’m saying. However I like the fabric for this one. Completely different than the same old “I hope that’s additional huge as a result of it’s going to shrink within the fryer” cotton mix that makes the above drawback that a lot worse.

Should you can’t inform from the above, the shirt’s art work is created from the textual content of Shakespeare’s work. On this case, the sonnets. The textual content may be very small, not the sort of factor {that a} stranger might come up and skim on you. However we all know what it’s, and you’ll see it clearly while you look shut. It’s a number of copies of all of the sonnets, all strung collectively.

I’ve a number of items of “artwork created from the textual content” merchandise that I’ve acquired through the years. One is a portrait of Shakespeare created from the textual content of the whole works. One is a “one web page poster” of King Lear, and one among The Tempest. However these issues are all on the partitions of my home and solely those that come to my home can take pleasure in them (my daughter’s mates, specifically, discover and touch upon them, which is cool). However one thing wearable is my first probability to really take the present on the street.

Nothing New Below The Solar

Okay, prepared for the story? I’ve been doing this a very long time, as loyal readers know. So when my spouse requested, “Have you ever ever heard of this firm?” I really had. Actually, I’ve posted about them. And I obtained interested in why I didn’t have already got their merchandise!

The corporate in query is known as Litograph, and I wrote about them again in 2015!

I introduced up the positioning and we began looking by means of all of their different merchandise. My spouse was really fairly aggravated that their search engine had failed for her, and he or she’d gotten me the sonnets as a result of it was the one Shakespeare product she noticed (they’ve a number of traditional literature, not simply Shakespeare). That’s okay, although, I nonetheless find it irresistible. I realized later that our dangerous @Bardfilm has their Hamlet shirt. My spouse asks which one is my favourite, I inform her their Tempest shirt with Ariel and the storm.

Nonetheless, I used to be attempting to recollect why I hadn’t taken the chance to get myself a shirt, even after I was providing a reduction! I scanned my emails and turned up the unique dialog I had with them approach again in 2015. First thought, I’m nothing if not constant:

Can I let you know one thing?  It’s 10:30pm on Sunday evening and I’m right here agonizing over your shirts.  Which play ought to I choose? I need the Tempest, however I’m disillusioned that the minimize of the t-shirt actually loses the entire “Ariel across the ship” impact that you just get within the poster. However I’m comfortable with that.  The Tempest shirt nonetheless has the perfect entrance/again combo.

Seven years, my favourite nonetheless hasn’t modified. However man, how choosy am I?

Right here’s the humorous factor, although. That I had forgotten all about. I discovered a mistake. And I used to be not having it.

I sit right here clicking every coloration, checking the again, attempting to resolve on a mix I like.
In some unspecified time in the future I hit “Zoom” on the image, attempting to find out what the second coloration is, and I see it….the PROJECT GUTENBERG DISCLAIMER TEXT is true there in the midst of the picture.
Deal breaker.  I don’t know what occurred there, whether or not it’s there and it doesn’t trouble you otherwise you had no thought it’s in there, however there’s no approach I might purchase that. Understanding it’s there, and ready for individuals to note it, would drive me loopy.

Wow, I used to be a tricky critic after I was youthful! I get precisely what I used to be saying, although. I can let you know that my “love quote” Shakespeare pillow has a misquote on it. Heck, the bracelet I had custom-made for my spouse, adorned with Shakespeare quotes, ended up with a typo. I don’t miss these issues. So I fully perceive why I didn’t purchase a shirt on the time, I’d by no means have been capable of put on it with out considering the entire world might see the identical mistake I might.

However! In equity to the corporate, I’ll say that my spouse and I’ve scanned my shirt as meticulously as our outdated eyes will enable, and we don’t see the same mistake. I by no means did get a response to that electronic mail, however I prefer to assume that over the past seven years possibly they took the chance to repair it…. however what? I’m nonetheless not going to take the prospect ;). I hear the Hamlet shirt’s fairly good.


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