“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried…” (King Richard III act 1sc. 1)
Tip for Use. When a meeting is held up waiting for the arrival of latecomer. “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by the arrival of John Caruthers (or who for him)” Your remark will be remembered.
Elegant Shakespearean way to note the failing and keeping the episode within bounds. You can equally apply when you meet a friend in the street, especially if you have not seen him for some time. In the book “Your Daily Shakespeare” you will find many quotes for this type of situations, dealing with delay, meeting friends after a long time etc.
In the play. Richard III comments on the ascent to the throne (for the second time) of Edward IV. ‘To lour’=’To hang’
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