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Sparrows fall

Posted by Rachel on April 06, 2006

Need to know where "watching the sparrows fall" comes from. Context is "There are gods; there are plenty of them around, but I don't think they're watching the sparrows fall." Apparently this comes from Hamlet's "There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow." But is that really true. Just before Hamlet says this he's talking about an augury. That to me doesn't seem like God watching sparrows fall. Sure it's some kind of divination, but is it really the same thing? If anyone has any clues, I'd like to hear them.