Wednesday, March 08, 2006

(102) Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

On January 10th 1994 I thought of the sins of D.Baker. I had been shocked by the misconduct of a man who had so stressed the importance of correct behaviour.

The last lines of Shakespeare’s 94th sonnet
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/94.html
contain a warning about how terrible it is when the advanced lapse - For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
These lines recur passim throughout his works.

I pictured myself confronting him again and quoting these lines.

That evening I visited my mother at her Bedford home. As I arrived she was watching some police drama on BBC1. At one point a character said to another "sweetest things grow sourest by their deeds." Only that line was quoted.
I am confident that I had never heard it quoted anywhere before.

Baker had once summoned the police to evict me from his home. He had told them that I was a criminal, but I had succeeded in persuading them that I was innocent and he the villain.

On March 26th 1997 I again encountered this "lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds" quote on TV, that time only a few minutes after I had been thinking of Baker’s crimes.

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