Analysis of Shakespeare Measure for Measure, Act 1 Scene 2 Pompey: "you that have worn your eyes almost out in the service"?

Pompey says this line in reference to Mistress Overdone's many years of devotion to the prostitution industry, but does anyone have any idea why this specific choice of words? What do eyes have to do with this?

3 Answers

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Cataracts which were inoperable in the Elizabethan age were a sign of old age. So she would be an object of charity. It is probably no more than another way of saying old and grey. If there was any bawdiness it is usually much more heavy-handed, and it might be stretching things, so to speak, to say they referred to anything else.

  • 1 month ago

    Maybe he observed how she is tired from covering her eyes before of her shame.

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