Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Hamlet, 1.5.20: "fretful porpentine"


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Act 1, Scene 5, line 20
In Shakespeare's time it was thought that a porcupine could throw its quills, so a porcupine in a bad mood, with its quills all standing on end, was something to be frightened of.

porcupine with its quills standing on end