… and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Still, some study is a lot less wearisome, and some books a heck of a lot more fun, than the alternatives. So let me recommend Kate Belsey’s Why Shakespeare? as a good read, and really illuminating. I think she’s wrong about Bridget Jones’s big knickers, but then disagreeing is fun and illuminating too. However, you’ll have to see how Bridget gets into the story for yourself.