When did it become The
accepted interpretation that Caliban = Native PoC, especially because "Caliban" sounds so much like "Cannibal" that that must
be what Shakespeare meant?
I have a sneaking suspicion that that's a relatively modern assumption. But I'm not sure what keywords to use in Googling to verify or dispute that.
Meanwhile, I'm rereading the last few chapters of Jane Austen's Persuasion
, thanks to remembering that Mrs. Smith (nee Hamilton) -- the woman who reveals the truth to our heroine about the true character of her sleazy cousin -- is: "afflicted with a severe rheumatic fever, which, finally settling in her legs, had made her for the present a cripple." which gives me another entry topic for Plato's Nightmare / Aesop's Dream
. ... Any afternoon I can spend with Jane Austen is a good afternoon, in my books. And furthermore, I have it as an etext, so I can copy and paste the passages I want to cite, instead of typing them in (*Gives the side-eye to the paperback volume that wouldn't stay open, and had no paragraph breaks on any
of its pages*).
So it's all good... or -- mostly good.