I came upon this sentence while reading the narrow road to the deep north. I knew it's from Shakespeare but can't understand.

Thou art come unto a feast of death


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It means "You have come to a feast of death."

In earlier forms of English, we used the auxiliary verb be with some verbs, including come. The word art is the second-person singular form of be.


I believe Flanagan wants us to understand that the main character, Dorrigo Evans, can understand his own experience on the Burma railway as a 'feast of death.' There are many dishes served on the Line?

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    Welcome to Stack Exchange! Many books and movies are named after quotes from Shakespeare and many authors quote him. Could you explain why this is an answer to the question. I don't think there were many feasts for the enslaved POW workers on the Thai-Burma railway. In fact starvation was one of the main causes of death, along with cholera. Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 19:14

But, O malignant and ill-boding stars! Now thou art come unto a feast of death, A terrible and unavoided danger: Therefore, dear boy, mount on my swiftest horse; And I'll direct thee how thou shalt escape By sudden flight: come, dally not, be gone.

King Henry VI Part 1. Act 4. Scene V

The above shows some of the context. I presume that in a previous part of the play, many people have been killed in a battle. (to be researched)

Death has had a feast because of all the fatalities.

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