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