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Re: Shakespearean Daughters (Was Jessica)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 917.  Friday, 10 December 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Janis Lull <
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        Date:   Thursday, 09 Dec 1993 11:22:46 -0900
        Subj:   [Shakespearean Daughters]
 
(2)     From:   A.G. Bennett <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Dec 1993 17:25 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0915  Re: Jessica
 
 
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From:           Janis Lull <
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Date:           Thursday, 09 Dec 1993 11:22:46 -0900
Subject:        [Shakespearean Daughters]
 
> Is there a Shakespearean daughter besides Juliet who has a
mother still living??
 
Mistress Page, Diana in *AWW*, Princess Katherine in *H5*, and
especially Perdita all have living mothers.  *AW*'s Helena also
has a formidable mother-in-law.  Many people think that Hero has
a living mother who never speaks, and Terence Hawkes has
suggested that "old Nedar" in *MND* may be Helena's mother.
 
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From:           A.G. Bennett <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Dec 1993 17:25 EDT
Subject: 4.0915  Re: Jessica
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0915  Re: Jessica
 
Helen Ostovich asked if any Shakespearean heroine besides Juliet has a mother
still living-- I can only think of one: Perdita in _The Winter's Tale_.  And
while she does not have the aristocratic responsibilities that Jessica might
have in her father's household, she does have to take care of her adoptive
father, and is then catapulted immediately into the demanding role of
aristocratic wife once her marriage is approved by her real parents....
 
Just my $.02...
 
Alex Bennett
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