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Is that you, Will?

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Perhaps not.

Shakespeare's sonnet 77 - a portrait in a glass - might have been written for the man in this portrait -

Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show,
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory.
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look what thy memory cannot contain,
Commit to these waste blanks, and thou shalt find
Those children nursed, delivered from thy brain,
To take a new acquaintance of thy mind.
These offices, so oft as thou wilt look,
Shall profit thee and much enrich thy book.

He gave women a fine portrait of themselves in his heroines.

Despite all the words he wrote, he never left a definitive 'portrait' of himself. Enigmatic. Wise!

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