October 2, 2014

What Is True Love?

In Christopher Moore's The Serpent of Venice (a mash-up of Shakespeare's Othello, King Lear, the Merchant of Venice among others), Othello finds himself with the Fool who's just lost his love. Following, is the discussion the two have about love and what it is...

Othello (aka The Moor): "I know love, fool. Love may not be mine, but I know it."
The Fool: "You lie."
Othello: "When a woman looks upon one's scars with wonder, and sees not the glory of battles won, but sheds tears for the pain of injury suffered, then is love born. When she pities a man's history and wishes away his past troubles with present comforts, then is love awakened. When that which makes a warrior hard is met with beauty offered most tender, then he can find love."
The Fool: "She sees past your handsome exterior to the dark, twisted broken beast that your years have made of you--the libidinous little creature that you are at heart. When she takes you not in spite of, but because you are the cheeky monkey, that is love?"

Of course, Miracle Max in the Princess Bride might have a different take on it:

"Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world, except for a nice MLT--mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean. and the tomato is ripe. They're so perky, I love that!

What do you think it is?

By the way:
There's a great review of the book of Venice done in Sonnet fashion here.
And found out about the book on Quora first.


  1. I have always thought that the best definition of love is in St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians (some of my favorite writing):

    "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
    (First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 13:4-8)

    Funny that I do not find that much depth in St. Paul's other letters.

    1. That is an amazing definition of love!
      But yes, I was surprised to see how his tone changed somewhat in his other letters. Do you think he got spurned by a lady afterward? Or that someone else pretended to be him while writing that letter (perhaps he was awfully sick and this girl who had a one-sided love for him wrote the letter in his staid?). I hope I don't get lynched for speculating thus ^.^

  2. Yeah, speculations of this nature are dangerous. We do not want to enter a minefield. Not much is known about his personal life other than his teachings. From the depth of this famous writing on love, I would suspect that he knew what love for a woman is like, but I may be wrong, of course.

    Packing already? I am so very sad to see you go. But maybe it will make me want to visit Europe :)

    1. Yep, yep! Movers came today. Just 1 week left!! I can't believe it...
      And of course you should come to Europe and visit me :) I'm sure Bozena will be more than delighted to as well ^.^

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