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Lone Women in Shakespeare
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 249. Thursday, 3 Oct 1991.
 
 
Date: 		Thu, 3 Oct 1991 10:50
From: 		Lars Engle <
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Subject: 2.0246  Lone Women
Comment: 	RE: SHK 2.0246  Lone Women
 
	In response to Kay Stockholder's question, I was writing a para-
graph about how thoroughly Cressida is a token or term in male exchanges,
and it occurred to me that she was perhaps unusual in never seeming to
encounter other women -- unlike, I thought, most other major female
characters (Miranda is clearly a special case, and she touchingly remembers
having other women around her).  But I didn't trust my memory entirely,
so I decided to ask the network.  Kevin Berland is right that Lady Macbeth
is not a Lone Woman in the sense I'm talking about, and when Mistress
Quickly becomes a more prominent character in 2H4 she develops a female
friend.  So there seems some plausibility in claiming special status for
Cressida.
 

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