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SHK 1.0124 Montano/Mountanto
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 123. Wednesday, 28 Nov 1990.
 
[My apologies for the garbled form in which this mailing just went out.
 Here (hopefully) is a better version.  The SHAKSPER Listserv seems to
 be churning things around a bit on its own.  The problem is being
 investigated.  KS]
 
(1)   Date: 28 November 1990, 09:02:36 EST                    (7 lines)
      From: FLANNAGA at OUACCVMB
      Subject: [Montano Query]
 
(2)   Date:         Wed, 28 Nov 90 16:20:13 EST              (22 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <
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      Subject:      Mountanto/Montano
 
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Date: 28 November 1990, 09:02:36 EST
From: FLANNAGA at OUACCVMB
Subject: [Montano Query]
 
Don't have any books handy, but Beatrice puns on, what "Snr. Mountano,"
in *Much Ado*.  Are the two connected?  Roy
 
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Date:         Wed, 28 Nov 90 16:20:13 EST
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      Mountanto/Montano
 
 
In *Much Ado About Nothing*, at 1.1.25, Beatrice refers to Benedick
as "Signior Mountanto", yes.  I'm not sure how to connect this to
the other incidents, but perhaps someone has an idea.  (Also the *Othello*
reference is a loose end right now).
 
I've been refining my idea a bit, and now realize that I didn't quite
make the case as convincing as I could have.  Suppose Q1 Hamlet reports
Reynaldo's name as "Montano" as a reflection of the source play, the
*Ur-Hamlet*, rather than a reflection of a change made in performance
to avoid offense.  In that case, Shakespeare could be seen avoiding
"Montano" in the source material for *Hamlet* and "Montanus" in
the source material for *As You Like It* (plays written consecutively
or simultaneously by most chronologies!).  Is this getting more
interesting?  More convincing, anyway?
 
                                         Ken Steele
                                         University of Toronto
 

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