All you gods, In general synod, take away her power!

It is a real privilege to have spent enough time with Shakespeare over the years to recognize when he’s repeating words or concepts or motifs across the plays. Every night I say the word “synod” in another play but somehow in this sentence, I almost forgot what it meant. What, I wondered, would a general synod be? Synods not being a particularly common topic of conversation in contemporary culture or theatre or anything but here we are – two synods, two plays.
And while I couldn’t deliver you a dictionary definition of a synod, I have a size-able sense of what’s what just from context elsewhere. Which is the result of years and quality time spent with words and the relationship with those words grows deeper everyday.

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