September 9th, 2022 → 6:59 am @ // No Comments

“All’s well that ends well; still the fine’s the crown.
Whate’er the course, the end is the renown.” — All’s Well That Ends Well

(Note: “the fine” here means “the ending” or the crowning achievement)

This quote is generally interpreted to mean that whatever happened in the course of an event, if the ending is good, all is good. Some interpret it in a Machiavellian way to mean the ends justify the means. I do not interpret it that way, at least not in this context. In the context of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as it draws to a close on this cool fall day, I interpret it to mean that while the queen may have had some ups and downs, some periods where she shone and others where she did not, considering the long arc of her seventy years on the throne, she had a solid reign. Rest in peace and God bless you Elizabeth R.

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