The Bard and the Lady


 “What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive,” wrote Shakespeare by the River Thames, as he created the character of Lady Macbeth. The evil woman would instigate her husband to kill King Duncan and usurp the throne. But the tangled web of her conscience would never let her be in peace.

However, the line did not fit in the play properly. Shakespeare furrowed his brow and discarded the page.

What he did not know was a smitten Lady had been watching him everyday. Soon after the Bard left, she picked the torn page for keepsake. The precious quote filled her with admiration for him!

Years later, Sir Walter Scott held that same paper handed down to him through generations. He incorporated the precious quote in his work ‘Ivanhoe’.

(This is entirely a fictional account on the origin of this popular quote. The only truthful part in the story is the fact that the quote is indeed a part of ‘Ivanhoe’ by Sir Walter Scott.)

This story is a part of the wonderful ‘Mondays Finish The Story Challenge’ by Barbara Beacham. She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence, and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our story. To take up the challenge click here: Mondays Finish the Challenge

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