Turns out that in the 18th century, the play was indeed turned into an opera with a happy ending.
At any rate, this time around I suddenly noticed a line I'd overlooked before -- Romeo's admonition to Balthasar -- "Live and be prosperous!"
I'd always known that Leonard Nemoy was thinking of the traditional priestly blessing when he suggested the Vulcan salute.
Never thought to wonder, though, about the source of the phrase that went with it. Shakespearean! Classy!
For that matter, King Lear was often played, for the first few centuries, in a happier version cobbled together by a guy named Nahum Tate. He kept many of Shakespeare's lines, but put together a satisfying denoument, in which poor Cordelia gets to marry Edgar and King Lear is restored to his throne.
|Astronaut's salute when Nimoy died. |
Thumb points to Cape Cod, btw.