Posted by ESC on May 28, 2003
In Reply to: Heart in hand posted by Bob Jensen on May 28, 2003
: Can you please help me with the meaning of the saying, "heart in hand" ? Thanks so much.
I've never heard that expression. I've heard "hat in hand" and "heart on your sleeve."
From "Brush Up Your Shakespeare!" by Michael Macrone (Gramercy
Books, New York, 1990):
"Heart on My Sleeve.
It is sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago.
In following him, I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end;
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In complement extern, 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve.
For daws to peck at. I am not what I am.
Othello, Act 1, scene 1, 56-65
.when your heart is displayed so openly, as if upon your sleeve, the 'daws' (jackdaws) will accept the invitation to pick away at it. By admitting to his treachery, Iago would seem, in effect, to 'wear his heart on his sleeve' for Roderigo. Yet, while Iago tells the truth, he doesn't tell all of it, and keeps hidden his true 'native act and figure' - his intention to dupe Roderigo out of even more jewels and cash."