Shakespearefilter- Writing an invitation like the Bard
July 5, 2009 7:57 PM Subscribe
I want to invite a woman (via letter) I like out on a date to see a Shakespearean play later this month. I want it to read somewhat like the general language used in his writings, but also instantly understandable to someone not very familiar with his plays and/or language. If someone could point me to a resource to help out or if you're willing to rewrite it yourself, I'd be very thankful.
posted by Jason Land to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Basically, the text of the invitation would read as follows (I'll do it in faux-formal syntax to give the sort of translation I'd like):
My dear XXXX,
It would give me great pleasure and honor if you were to accompany me to a showing of the great bard William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on the eve of July 18. It is a delightful comedy also concerned with romance, misunderstandings and cross-dressing.
If you are or if you are not inclined to attend this event with me please allow me to know your disposition below.
A wonderful idea, to attend with so handsome a suitor!
This is a spurious request that offends me.