"Bard claims the flesh is heir to"

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Hello, I have another Woody Allen question. I had a problem with understanding one line from one of his story and you really helped me :).

"That’s why when someone reported a dead body on Riverside Drive at Eighty-third with no bullet holes, no stab wounds, and no signs of struggle I didn’t freak to some film-noir conclusion but put it down to one of the thousand natural shocks the Bard claims the flesh is heir to but don’t ask me which one."

Who does he mean with "the Bard"? And "the flesh" means humanity, humankind?
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    The Bard is Shakespeare:). And "the thousand natural shocks [the] flesh is heir to" is taken from Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy: click.

    EDIT: As cyber said two minutes ago:D:D


    Senior Member
    Could anyone please interpret the full sentence as the following? Thank you!

    "the thousand natural shocks [the] flesh is heir to
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