Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H B25

JL 430

OMC 178


pencil, two leaves

on a small rectangle torn at right and bottom

watermark/embossment: N, no symbol

8 x 12.5 cm.

folded in half

FF 237. Paste marks. Without commentary Johnson attaches Antony's speech from which this quotation is drawn:

Egypt, thou knew'st too well,
My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings,
And thou shouldst tow me after. O'er my spirit
Thy full supremacy thou knew'st, and that
Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Command me.
     Antony and Cleopatra, III, xi, 56-61

Though Dickinson's reference to Shakespeare is obvious, the nature of this quotation on a little piece of paper and passed along to Susan is not; its identity--as letter-poem, game, whatever--is irrecoverable, as is the identity of the following note.

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Last updated on April 16, 2001
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