This is, of course, best known from the Shakespeare play of the same name, but it was a proverb before it was a play title. John Heywood included it in A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546: (his spelling errors, not mine). A proverb that means: problems do not matter so long as the outcome is good.
Why the title? For those of you who are regular followers, you will recall that on July 13th I wrote of my housemates mishap – falling face forward into the entryway. Surgery was indicated – more for esthetic reasons they said – and although she wavered a few times, she did go in yesterday. As it turns out, a very good thing since they found bone splinters whilst placing the titanium plates to stabilize her eye socket. These would have had the potential to do some real mischief down the line so it is a well that the doctors proposed surgery.
Her fiancé and I brought her home today and we are hoping that this year’s allotment of disasters is also now well ended – I know the road to the University Hospital way too well!