We've occasionally seen Pearls Before Swine dip into Shakespeare for comic effect.
We've seen pun-based takes on Hamlet's soliloquy and threats cobbled out of Julius Caesar.
We've had an encounter with difficult verse lines from Romeo and Juliet.
We've even had Shakespeare translated for modern audiences.
And now, in browsing through a book at the bookstore, we find two more connections between Shakespeare and the Pearls cast.
The first one is part of a series that . . . well, Stephen Pastis has thoughtfully provided a panel of context for it:
The second takes us back to Hamlet's soliloquy . . . with a bit of a twist.
The Shakespeare aficionado might say, like Isabella in Measure for Measure, "O, it is excellent / To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous / To use it like a giant" (107-09). But that might be gilding the lily.