Date: Mon, 12 Jun 1995 19:12:55 -0400

From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Re: meddle

Bowdlerizing editors removed these lines of Mercutio's from 18th century

editions of Shakespeare because they were considered too obscene:

Now will he [Romeo] sit under a medlar tree

And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit

As maids call medlars when they laugh alone.

O Romeo, that she were, O that she were

An open et cetera, thou a pop'rin pear! [II.i.34-38]

I don't have Partridge's _Shakespeare's Bawdy_, but it probably treats this.

- Allan Metcalf