Curiosity may have killed the cat, but for me it’s the key to both teaching and scholarship. I’ve always found Elizabethan literature exciting because it’s such a tremendous puzzle. The Elizabethans are as culturally different from us as anyone alive today, yet we inherit from them our language, many of our great poetic works, and part of our sense of who we are. I also want my students above all to be curious. Without intellectual curiosity all their abundant intelligence, creativity, and determination will have nowhere to go.