Michael Macrone

Between the Lines
(San Francisco Chronicle, August 19, 1990)

By Patricia Holt

START QUOTING HIM NOW: Look up that vaguely Elizabethan quote that's been nagging you in a delightful a reference called "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" by UC Berkeley professor Michael Macrone (Harper & Row; 235 pages; $15), and instant wisdom is yours. Here we learn that “what the dickens" from "The Merry Wives of Windsor” refers not to Charles but to Satan, whereas Hamlet's complaint, “there's the rub,” originally referred to an obstacle in lawn bowling. A gem...

Patricia Holt is book editor for The Chronicle.

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