Shakespeare on Supersonic Speed Leading to Excellent Performance Review

a girdle around the earth in forty minutes“I’ll put a girdle around the earth
In forty minutes.”

(Midsummer Night’s Dream, act 2, sc. 1)

Tips for Use.  A good answer to the question, “When will you be back?” – especially if the questioner expects you to be back promptly and with mission accomplished. Clearly Shakespeare anticipated the space age and the concurrent achievable speeds. Most people do not like to be considered slow. Mark Twain, for example, observed as follows, “I have seen slower people than I am – and more deliberate… and even quieter, and more listless, and lazier people than I am. But they were dead.” And the implied expectation or praise of speedy execution much depends on the national character. One Italian adage goes, “Go slow, because I am in a hurry.”
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In the Play.  Oberon assigns a task to Puck and he is ready to execute it quickly. The task is to set a few drops in Titania’s eyes while she is asleep. Whereupon on waking up she will fall in love with the first creature she sees. The creature will be actually an ass.

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