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Re: *Ado* Query
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 653.  Thursday, 14 October 1993.
 
From:           Jean Peterson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Oct 1993 11:17:00 -0400
Subject: 4.0650  Q: *Ado*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0650  Q: *Ado*
 
Reply to Blair Kelly:
 
Re: "Where did Hero sleep?"-- Lewis Carroll asked the same question of
Ellen Terry (in *The Story of my Life*, by Ellen Terry); the letter is
reprinted in the Signet edition of *Much Ado*, and it's a hoot.
 
>2.  Leonato's penance for Claudio includes
>
>    And since you could not be my son-in-law,
>    Be yet my nephew.  My brother hath a daughter,
>    Almost the copy of my child that's dead,
>    And she alone is heir to both of us.
>
>Is this Beatrice?
 
My students say no.  They pointed out that Claudio's "punishment" is that he
promises to marry a woman "almost the copy" of the one he threw away, and
inherit BOTH Leontes' & Antonio's fortunes.  Or as they put it, "Some penance!"
 
Jean Peterson
Bucknell University
 

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