the words of the day are craven, equivocal, traitor…

That’s Bette going after Errol, in real life she thought he was gorgeous and not too keen an actor. As for the historical characters they were playing, Elizabeth I was awfully fond of the dashing younger man, until he committed treason. And back then, in 1601, it was off with his head.


Definition of CRAVEN

1 archaic : defeated, vanquished
2 : lacking the least bit of courage : contemptibly fainthearted


Definition of EQUIVOCAL

1 a : subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse

  • an equivocal statement

b : uncertain as an indication or sign

  • equivocal evidence

2 a : of uncertain nature or classification

  • equivocal shapes

b : of uncertain disposition toward a person or thing : undecided

  • an equivocal attitude

c : of doubtful advantage, genuineness, or moral rectitude

  • equivocal behavior


Definition of TRAITOR

1 : one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty
2 : one who commits treason



  1. George Kaplan

    Take THAT, Sea Wolf/Robin Hood! As Elizabeth is a redhead, I’m sure she had a good reason for laying one on him/slapping him upside the head!
    P.S. Well, yes, he could have been breathing at her funny but…still… Vive les rousses!
    P.P.S. Of course, I know why she is laying the smackdown upon Essex – he is being a typical man (and *I* am one! Of sorts. Apparently. Possibly. Untypical, at least. As it were. Et cetera… 🙂 ) and wounding her with his, um, wicked, wicked ways. Ho! However, for the exceedingly little joke to work I must play dumb(er). (So dumb, that even if I didn’t know history or TPLOEAE I would have to have skipped *reading* the post, also!) Like a wonky Hamlet!
    I simply can’t imagine how this post applies to anything in the “real” World at the moment. *cough* *mournful wink* Don’t lose Hope/Faith.

  2. She must have given him quite a whack as you can’t fake that blink of the eye. Terrible actor but one can accept it because he is so delicious to look at. My mother adored him when she was young and would often talk about seeing Captain Blood for the first time. As for the world, it is so disheartening. My answer is to watch all the old films we adore and be ostrich-like every now and then. xx

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