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Hi Richard,

I'm translating the book into Chinese. It's great to meet you on JavaRanch. I have a question about the Shakespeare quote
A closure by any other name will function all the same.
on page 9 chapter 2. I don't read Shakespeare, and give it a brave guess in my translation. Could you confirm if the meaning is same with the quote below? Could you elaborate on the quote if my guess is wrong?

No matter white or black, the cat who can get the mouse is the good cat. -Deng Xiao Ping


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Qunfeng
 
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The correct Shakespearean quote is
A closer by any other name would work as sweet
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote: The correct Shakespearean quote is
A closer by any other name would work as sweet


Thanks Campbell. I finally find it here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_rose_by_any_other_name_would_smell_as_sweet
 
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Qunfeng Wang wrote:Hi Richard,

I'm translating the book into Chinese. It's great to meet you on JavaRanch. I have a question about the Shakespeare quote
A closure by any other name will function all the same.
on page 9 chapter 2. I don't read Shakespeare, and give it a brave guess in my translation. Could you confirm if the meaning is same with the quote below? Could you elaborate on the quote if my guess is wrong?

No matter white or black, the cat who can get the mouse is the good cat. -Deng Xiao Ping


Thanks,
Qunfeng


Hi Qunfeng,

I knew the book was being translated into Korean, but I didn't realise someone was working on a Chinese translation - that's great. I think you've done a good job with the quote, but its not quite right. The original quote from Shakespeare is, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet". In other words - it doesn't matter what you call something, it just matters what the thing is! I don't mind if people want to refer to lambda expressions as function literals, closures or anonymous methods - its the code you get to write with them that matters. I think to translate the quote you need to find something similarly related to names themselves.

regards,

Richard
 
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It was actually preceded by Juliet asking,
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
The name Romeo marks him as a Montague, and there was a long‑standing feud or vendetta between the Montagues and the Capulets. Juliet was a member of the Capulet family. What Juliet means is that he would be just as nice whatever he was called.
 
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