Friday, February 13, 2009

Orange

Why is orange the color associated with jealousy in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and in Dante's Inferno?

"The count is neither sad, nor sick, nor merry, nor
well; but civil count, civil as an orange, and
something of that jealous complexion."

4 comments:

SEChapman said...

Perhaps form the rarity of such a fruit in England at that time , would make one jealous of it possessor. Or perhaps that an orange eaten in whole is sharp to the taste at first and then juicy sweet once given in to its allurement....... . But it is Shakespeare , so who can tell....

A Young American said...

I always thought the color associated with jealousy was green, as in "he was green with envy"?

chasingmyhat said...

Ah, but envy and jealousy are not the same thing.

Dogmatis said...

Turns out, orange represented gluttony in the medieval church... perhaps because the color stimulates appetite?