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14 Shakespearean Ways to Answer the Question "How Was Your Summer?"

14 Shakespearean Ways to Answer the Question "How Was Your Summer?"


If you did something really fun over the summer, you can go right ahead and skip this article. Just leave the way you came. The rest of us are going to be scratching our brains trying to come up with different ways to say "Good, I guess," "It was fine," and "I just didn’t leave the house for three months, thanks for asking."

Or you could simply let Shakespeare do the talking. Here's how you should answer the question "How was your summer?" according to the Bard of Avon.

If you feel like you summer lasted all of five minutes, you reply:
"Swift as a shadow, short as any dream."
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1, Scene 1

If you had a miserable summer job, you reply:
"It was vile and bad."
The Comedy of Errors, Act 5, Scene 1

If you saw The Emoji Movie, you reply:
"O, woe is me,
To have seen what I have seen!"
Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1

If you didn't have air conditioning, you reply:
[Aside.] "Too hot, too hot!"
The Winter's Tale, Act 1, Scene 2

If you slept for like 80% of it, you reply:
"I enjoy'd the golden dew of sleep."
Richard III, Act 4, Scene 1

If you went to Fyre Festival, you reply:
"It was a disaster of war that Caesar himself could not have prevented."
All's Well That Ends Well, Act 3, Scene 6

If you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing fidget spinners for those three long months, you reply:
"It was both impious and unnatural."
Henry VI, Part I, Act 4, Scene 1

If you spent the entire summer watching all 64 episodes of The Great British Bake-Off, you reply:
"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."
Richard II, Act 5, Scene 5

If you spent a lot of time outside, you reply:
"Full of moths."
Coriolanus, Act 1, Scene 3

If you thought you were going to accomplish things but all you did was eat unprecedented amounts of Cheetos at ungodly hours, you reply:
"Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises."
All's Well That Ends Well, Act 2, Scene 1

If you want to cultivate an air of mystery around what you did this summer, you reply:
"'Tis neither here nor there."
Othello, Act 4, Scene 3

If you haven’t even started the summer reading, you reply:
"Summer's lease hath all too short a date."
—Sonnet 18, ln. 4

If you love warm weather and you’re already dreading the snow, you reply:
"Now is the winter of our discontent."
Richard III, Act 1, Scene 1

If your summer was sweaty and boring but also there were good things like Wonder Woman and Beyonce's twins, you reply:
"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together."
All's Well That Ends Well, Act 4, Scene 3

Topics: Books
Tags: summer, shakespeare, summer vacation, hamlet, othello, funny lists, a midsummer night's dream, william shakespeare, richard iii, shakespeare out of context, the comedy of errors

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