I’ll tent him to the quick.

I have heard this speech hundreds of times. I have read it over and over again. I have even memorized it and performed it. But I don’t know if I ever really gave this line much thought. Looking at it on its own, it feels like I’ve never heard or seen it before.

Out of context, I would think if I were attempting to tent a man, I would be attempting to get his manhood to stand to. Or if not raising the tent pole, tenting him might be to provide him shelter. Tents are seemingly the same idea for Caesar and Antony as they are for us, though without the zipper and high-tech fabrics, of course.

But in context, it seems tenting has an entirely different meaning, one that is perhaps more related to attention than tee-pees. To tent someone to the quick might then be a way to attend to them so closely, you could almost see inside them.

Sometimes that’s what doing Feldenkrais feels like. Just attending to someone so closely you can almost read their minds *but of course, you are simply (or rather not so simply) reading their bodies and movement.


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