Date: Mon, 12 Jun 1995 19:12:55 -0400 From: Allan Metcalf 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