Well heck. Of course I had a brilliant idea for a brilliant article but then the dumbbutt in me decided to look up the “facts” on the internet.
Which said “facts” revealed there were guns in Shakespeare’s day. Had there not been, I was merrily going to posit the puzzit for anachronizing a whodunit of the pundit by clearly and cleverly pointing out that a “smoking gun” could not flame so in Shakespeare’s day; that only a “smoking sword” could possibly connote a note of fowl play or at least denote one such shish kabob left to rotisserie on the open flames of Shakepeare’s Old Smokey barbeque pit.
Of course, we don’t know for sure which barbeque pit Mr. Shakespeare actually used but based on his writings we can determine it was most probably the Old Smokey:
From King Lear, Act V, scene III: “’Tis hot, it smokes”.
From Romeo and Juliet, Act I, scene I: “Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire”.
From All’s Well That Ends Well, Act III, scene VI: “He was first smoked by the old lord Lafeu”.
From King John, Act II, scene I: “They shoot but calm words folded up in smoke”.
It should be noted that from the last 3 passages of the above, one can find the letters “old”. Conclusive proof? Absolutely as I do not see anywhere in the Google University where in fact Mr. Shakespeare did not own a barbeque pit.
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