Sodden-witted means stew-brained, limp-minded, alcohol crazed. Sodden-witted is cited in William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida (TC II.i.42) Thersites says to Ajax: “Thou sodden-witted lord, thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows.” Felina Silver Robinson
Troilus and Ulysses eavesdrop on Cressida and Diomed, and Thersites spies on the spies. It’s gruesome, and may reflect Oxford’s take on Elizabeth taking up with Raleigh (Ogburn and Ogburn 613).
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