Posted by Barney on April 25, 2001
In Reply to: Need help -- tangled web?? posted by ESC on April 25, 2001
: : : I am away from my library and I'm nothing without my reference books. Is the following correct? Not Shakespeare?
: : : "Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
: : : When first we practice to deceive!"
: : : -Sir Walter Scott, Marmion 1808.
: : William Shakespeare got there first I'm afraid.
: I can't find it in Shakespeare. Bartlett's says Scott.
I'm afraid I misinformed you. My 'of the cuff' recollection was wrong: it's not Shakespeare but Scott. While I researched I trawled with Google and it's surprising how many websites out there also believe it's Shakespeare - variously Hamlet or Macbeth.
My apologies - why do I still have a nagging doubt?