The better to eat you with, my dear

Love this pic from the “Hood Academy” DVD extra, referencing extended, frivolous conversations about Mr. Armitage’s teeth in the comments here:

For full size, go to RichardArmitageNet, it’s image 42. Look at those big teeth. Especially the canines.

My recent preoccupations with Guy as a disturber of status and cause of social disorder made me connect the teeth to the character via Shakespeare’s appetite as universal wolf, which occurred to me this morning. Here’s the quote in context, a perfect description of Guy as social transgressor:

Take but degree away, untune that string,
And, Hark! what discord follows: each thing meets
In mere oppugnancy: the bounded waters
Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores,
And make a sop of all this solid globe:
Strength should be lord of imbecility
And the rude son should strike his father dead:
Force should be right; or rather, right and wrong—
Between whose endless jar justice resides—
Should lose their names, and so should justice too.
Then every thing includes itself in power,
Power into will, will into appetite;
And appetite, a universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce a universal prey,
And last eat up himself.

Ulysses to Nestor and Agamemnon, Troilus and Cressida, Act I, Scene III, l. 112-127.

Thanks, Will!

~ by Servetus on April 8, 2010.

8 Responses to “The better to eat you with, my dear”

  1. Guy as a wolf, I like the referring to the high and low status again. Wolves live in small herds with a hierarchy.
    And last eat up himself. Yes, that was the only possible ending that Guy was heading, according to RA.

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  2. Absolutely, Violet. No escape for poor Guy. A Shakespearean character.

    Series 3 was such a departure from the lighter 1 and 2. It had almost to be watched as a “stand-alone”. I found it extremely dramatic (though as flawed, as has been often remarked). Can’t forgive the writers anything about Allan and his death. The only nicely Shakespearean death was that of Guy…

    Wonderful choice of Troilus and Cressida excerpt..

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  3. In RH I noticed his bright smile and this interview gave me a clue how he thinks about it:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7010000/newsid_7017400/7017402.stm?bw=bb&mp=rm&asb=1&news=1&ms3=20
    Click in the window for the realplayer pop-up.

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  4. I wish I could see that, Violet — I have RealPlayer but can’t get apparently necessary plugins and assume it is because I am in the U.S. What does he say about his teeth?

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  5. That interview was used to make this tv-special, see link. I hope you´ll be able to see that after all. A Clue? No.

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  6. Thanks Violet. I saw the reference to Keith Allen’s tooth, but does Mr. Armitage comment on his own somewhere? Maybe I missed it.

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  7. Well yes, but I read between the lines.

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  8. That video was hilarious – thanks, Violet. The other neat ones were the two Marian and Gisborne did for the childrens’ charity. If I had a clue how to post these, would do so….will try to find the reference, and post it.

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