I am afraid to own a Body is the fifth episode of the first season of Dickinson. It is the fifth episode of the series overall.


Emily confronts tough issues at a meeting of the local Shakespeare Club.


George asks Edward's permission for Emily's hand in marriage and is disappointed when Edward seems to suggest that George is too lenient with Emily.

As Emily prepares to act out Othello with her Shakespeare club George tries to strongarm her into behaving more obediently, first by attempting to censor the play and later by refusing to let Henry, one of the Dickinson's hired hands who is black, play the title role.

Though George later tries to explain his actions, Emily is angered and rejects his marriage proposal outright.






  • The episode's title and themes are based on "I am afraid to own a Body" poem 1090 by Emily Dickinson.[1]
  • Right before they start their "show", the gang dress-up as the heroes of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays ("Romeo and Juliet", "Julius Caesar", "Hamlet", "Macbeth" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream").

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