Come, thou mortal wretch, With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
Of life at once untie.
Normand Berlin, borrowing and adapting Harry Levin's "apt phrase" to his pointed interpretative purposes, builds his reading of Hamlet & Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead on and around the intertwined themes of death and sex ("Death and sex in knot intrinsicate
, prod the mystery, touch the secret cause," p.
From volute scroll to seamless rib, the pattern of the wood itself is intrinsicate
with melody, suggestive of a promised plenitude: yet resonant, yet mute.
This point of view was very popular, and this is perhaps why, in the last scene of Shakespeare's play, Cleopatra says to the asp: "With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
of life at once untie: poor venomous fool, be angry and dispatch.