Termitewatch (13) – a case of entrapment

Amongst the termites, easily the most obsessed of all the Keene-haters is Justin “Care in the Community” Horton, of S&B blog fame. Despite his irrational belief that Keene is responsible for every bad thing that has ever happened in the world, from the Slaughter of the Innocents to global warming, he, along with colleagues from the Bedlam Brigade, operates a kind of virtual stalking campaign against Keene, following his Twitter account and bombarding him with comments and questions, in the hope of eliciting quotes, which can be used in further attacks on him. Rather than simply blocking them, Ray indulges their little game, carefully avoiding giving them the sort of quote they really want, whilst occasionally baiting the odd trap for them. Last night, Horton fell headlong into rather a nice one.

In response to a Keene tweet, Horton sent the following:

ejhchess Justin Horton
@Times_Chess You got the spelling right, Ray, but even if we overlook the absence of upper case, “its” should be “it’s”, should it not?

Keene acknowledged the fact, with a line from Shakespeare:
Times_Chess times chess 

@@ejhchess ” tis true, ’tis true ’tis pity, And pity ’tis ’tis true” Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 97–99
Apparently in raptures at the thought that he had extracted an admission of error from his self-appointed Nemesis, Horton rushed to retweet the quote.
“Come on Yorick, tell me the truth – it was Keene that killed you, wasn’t it?” (photo: infobarrel.com)
Alas, poor Justin! It would seem that during his enforced detention at one of Her Majesty’s secure psychiatric hospitals a few years ago, our favourite termite should have spent more time in the institution’s library, mugging up on his Shakespeare. Had he done so, he would have realised that the full quote referred to by Keene runs as follows:
“That he’s mad, ’tis true, ’tis true ’tis pity,
And pity ’tis ’tis true—a foolish figure,
But farewell it, for I will use no art.”
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