But, he mused: ‘I feel that I may be taking an asp to my bosom.’
In his play Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra is delivered a basket of figs containing an asp , the venomous snake that ultimately causes her death.
You would think after Eve's shenanigans in the Garden of Eden and Cleopatra's mishap with her asp , we would have learned by now.
You try not to be seen, yet you snap out unexpectedly like a hidden asp .
If you were rotten, you might be a vole or an asp or a dung beetle.
She would not live this way, so history says she had an asp , which was an Egyptian cobra, brought to her hidden in a basket of figs.
Antony committed suicide while Cleopatra took the asp .
Thus animals could be seen as the embodiments of evil, like the asp of Macarius of Alexandria.
The Egyptian queen clutches the asp with a frightening tenacity, while the naked object of Zeus's golden shower grasps the coins from Olympus as one who fully understands the terms of the consummation being visited upon her.
In the basket is an asp , a very poisonous snake which kills painlessly.