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like a rebel's whore . . . 8 years 7 months ago #1695

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Sergeant:
And Fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling,
Show'd like a rebel's whore: but all's too weak:
For brave Macbeth

I understand that there is discussion concerning "quarrel" vs "quarry" but my question deals with Fortune's relationship with Macdonwald. Is Fortune smiling on his rebellion as his loving whore but part of the "all's too weak" to deny Macbeth his stunning victory . . .

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. . . does Fortune abandon Macdonwald like a fickle whore when Macbeth appears?

Any secondary discussion concerning "quarrel" vs "quarry" would be welcome.



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like a rebel's whore . . . 8 years 7 months ago #1696

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Fortune, like an unfaithful whore, first smiles, then abandons Macdonwald in his hour of need.

My personal take on "quarrel" vs. "quarry" is that at the time they both were variations on "cause". Since "quarrel" is closer to the modern definition, and therefore is easier on the modern ear, I prefer that one.
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like a rebel's whore . . . 8 years 7 months ago #1697

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Fortune being a rebel's whore (IF it were allowed to, and not stopped by Macbeth) means that instead of letting events unfold in a way proper to Providence, fickle Fortune whores itself out to a rebel, allowing the rebel's side of things - the rebel's preferred events - to gain prominence, i.e. for things to develop in a wrong or deplorable direction.

As for quarrel/quarry, I think that "quarrel" is definitely right, since it is characteristic of fickle Fortune to smile on Macdonwald's damned quarrel (the battle he has instigated), enjoying the chaos of it (Fortune's association with at least some degree of uncontrolled chaos is the reason for her fickleness). Note that it's not Fortune's damned quarrel, but Macdonwald's, and does it make any sense for Macdonwald to have a "damned quarry"...?
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like a rebel's whore . . . 8 years 7 months ago #1699

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sorensonian wrote:
...does it make any sense for Macdonwald to have a "damned quarry"...?

Only if quarry is defined as Fortinbras uses it, i.e., a pile of dead bodies. Then you could interpret the line perhaps to mean that dame Fortune is smiling on Duncan's dead killed by Macdonwald.

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like a rebel's whore . . . 8 years 7 months ago #1702

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or for that matter "query".. :)
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