Watches in literature.

Jan 13, 2023,15:58 PM

Reading Shakespeare's Tempest the other night, I have been struck by a from me until now unnoticed horological reference in the first scene of Act II. The evil but otherwise rather insignificant Sebastiano has perhaps its best line of the play mocking honest Gonzalo's good-intended eloquence: 

"Look, he's winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.". 

I thought sharing it with you at the opening of the Week-End might be a way to somehow sustain my own pleasure. 


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Good spot!

 By: Ruffian : January 14th, 2023-02:19
I'm surprised he made reference to a watch in the early 1600s!

 By: Volney. : January 16th, 2023-18:31
Especially considering that the Henlein Watch is dated from the first decade of the 17th century! I am interested in reading about the way those very special instruments used to be considered at times and how writers perceived their importance. For instan... 

Beautiful passage. I've never read Balzac, but I've heard lots of good things.

 By: Ruffian : January 21st, 2023-03:53
It sounds like a pocket watch from the description. Thanks for the translation. I have this from a more modern author, a translation from the Japanese: 'He glanced at the Heuer watch on his left wrist. It was 8:50. Passengers had begun boarding the expres... 

 By: Volney. : January 24th, 2023-21:40
This captures very elegantly the main symptoms of our current disease.