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The True Meaning of “Burden” for Shakespeare Girls. [Shakespeare For You]

🎭Heavy?  Belike it hath some burden then? 

— Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1-2


The word “burden” in Shakespeare, when female characters use, it means to be under the lover or husband in bed, or even to conceive a baby.  

So, when Julia hears the word “heavy, ” immediately change the meaning into this, at the same time, retain the original meaning of “burden”.  

Showing the double meaning is one of the trickiest things in Shakespeare.  


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