Annotation of Act 1 Scene 2

Annotation Text: 
a euphemism for intercourse--sexual fluids were thought of as another form of blood; also refers to the intermixing (muddying?) of the royal bloodlines
Excerpt: 
mingling bloods
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Act 1 Scene 2

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I never paid attention this phrase, but it seems to carry so much more meaning. Maybe it could also be that Polixenes as a King is not as rich or powerful, so Leontes considers him somewhat beneath him. I wonder if Leontes suspicioned Hermoine's affair with a king more powerful than him. How would he react? Probably be a quiet cuckold and plan to murder Hermoine first than Polixenes.

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