莎士比亚的戏剧《暴风雨》正在首演，剧中充满了音乐、魔幻和怪物。英王詹姆士一世和王后正一边看剧一边共进晚餐。剧中人物特林鸠罗说他的处境是 in a pickle，一指他喝得烂醉，二指他让自己陷入困境。腌菜 pickles 是各种水果和蔬菜混杂的食物，这些食材被捣碎后用醋和香料腌制而成，有时还会放点酒。现在，人们如何用腌菜这个单词来形容有人喝多了呢？In a pickle 还可以形容什么状态呢？
Narrator：It was a chilly November evening. William Shakespeare's play The Tempest, full of music, magic and monsters, is being performed for the first time. King James I and the Queen are having dinner while they watch.
King James：I do like a good play… mmm… and this meat is delicious - bring me more of that pickle… Mmmm… I love a bit of pickle with my dinner… and a nice glass of wine…
Queen：Don't you think you've had enough wine, dear?
King James：Oh do be quiet dear: I can't hear the actors. Now, Mr Shakespeare, is that a King I see on the stage?
Will：Your Majesty, that is King Alonso of Naples. He is lost on a magical island.
King James：And who is this fellow in the jester's costume?
Will：Your Majesty, that is Trinculo. He drinks a lot, and plans to murder people.
King James：A drunken jester? Murder? No good will come of it… does the King know about this?
Will：Yes, your Majesty. Now, the King is going to find Trinculo - in a drunken mess. Your Majesty might care to listen…
King James 1：Ooh yes, yes, I want to hear this, be quiet everybody.
Alonso：How camest thou in this pickle?
Robert Harley as Trinculo：I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last that, I fear me, will never out of my bones: I shall not fear fly-blowing.
King James 1：Hahaha! He's in a pickle! I like it, Will, very good, very good!
Narrator：We'll leave them there for now. Pickles are a very messy food, made from fruit and vegetables, crushed and preserved in vinegar and spices - sometimes with alcohol too. When Trinculo says he is in a pickle, he's probably saying that he is very drunk - but he's also got himself into a mess - a very difficult situation. Nowadays, when someone has drunk a lot of alcohol, they can say: I'm pickled - and when they've got problems, they can say: I'm in a pickle. Take The Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth, who said:
Most of the time if I'm in a pickle I'll call one of my brothers. They've usually got somewhat uplifting advice.
Ooh, you're in a pickle with those bags aren't you? Let me help.
King James 1：Now Mr Shakespeare, sit down and eat with us. Have some cold meat!
Servant：Anything with that?
Will：Hmmm… To pickle, or not to pickle: that is the question.