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Champagne was described as the "Monarch of the vine."—Antony and Cleopatra.
The quotations were readily traced to their sources by such trained students.
The selections intended to be descriptive of, or appropriate to, the guests, caused much merriment.
For Dr. Falstaff I found:
"If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him ! "—Henry IV.
For Hamlet, the dandy:
"He was, indeed, the glass wherein the noble youth did dress themselves."—Henry IV.
For Katherine, the Shrew, whose tongue had honey as well as gall:
"Whose words all ears took captive."—All's Well that Ends Well.
For our pretty Ophelia:
"There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple."— Tempest.
For Lady Macbeth:
"A child of our grandmother, Eve."—Love's Labour's Lost.
For my husband I found a selection most fitting:
"He is the half-part of a blessed man, left to be finished by such as she."—King John.
And for myself I modestly claimed no greater distinction than
"A female, or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman."
Our winter's training had made our wits nimble in using familiar phrases quoted from the greatest of the