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Now is the winter of our discontent

Posted by Hala on June 19, 2005

Just wanted to ask, I was looking for the phrase 'Now is the winter of our discontent' 'cause of an assignment I had to do for school.
In the site it said "The time of unhappiness is past". Thing is, where I've read it the meaning was more like 'The time of unhappiness is ahead/now'.
That also sounded a bit more reasonable to me since it says 'now is the winter', as in 'now is a hard time (like the hard European winter)'...
So basicly my questions are:
Did the use I saw in the article (in school) was wrong, or is it another possbile use for the quote?
Can anyone give me an example of how the quote can be used properly?
Thanks in advance :)