Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 276. Wednesday, 28 October 1992.
From: Michael Friedman <
Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 1992, 16:54:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 3.0270 Another View of Lady Montague's Death
Comment: Re: SHK 3.0270 Another View of Lady Montague's Death
As a side comment in response to John F. Sullivan's remarks on the
subject of Lady Montague's death, Hero of *Much Ado* does have a mother, but
she is excised from nearly every edition and production because she has no
lines and is therefore considered insignificant. If anyone is interested in
the whole story, see "Hush'd on purpose to grace harmony': Wives and Silence in
*Much Ado About Nothing*" *Theatre Journal* 42 (1990): 350-63. Another
interesting article on this topic is Mary Beth Rose's "Where are the Mothers
in Shakespeare?" in the Fall 1991 issue of *Shakespeare Quarterly*.