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Re: Leontes' Disease
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0237.  Thursday, 17 March 1994.
 
(1)     From:   E. L. Epstein <epstein@QCVAXA.BITNET>
        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Mar 1994 09:36:04 EST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0229  Re: Leontes' Disease
 
(2)     From:   William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Mar 1994 22:27:47 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0229  Re: Leontes' Disease
 
 
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From:           E. L. Epstein <epstein@QCVAXA.BITNET>
Date:           Wednesday, 16 Mar 1994 09:36:04 EST
Subject: 5.0229  Re: Leontes' Disease
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0229  Re: Leontes' Disease
 
Dante calls what Ken Rothwell calls choler adust by the adjective *bizarro*,
the source for our word *bizarre*. In my youth we called such a person as
Leontes a guy who has a wild hair.
 
E.L.Epstein
 
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From:           William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
Date:           Wednesday, 16 Mar 1994 22:27:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0229  Re: Leontes' Disease
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0229  Re: Leontes' Disease
 
Possibly Leontes hears Hermione tell Polixenes:
 
        Th'offences we have made you do, we'll answer,
        If you first sinned with us, and that with us
        You did continue fault, and that you slipped not
        With any but with us.
                                (WT 1.2.85-88, Wells and Taylor
                                        with an added comma)
 
If Leontes hears the "we" as the royal "we" and not a plural, he hears his wife
admitting her sin with Polixenes. She is nine months pregnant, and Polixenes
says at the beginning of the scene that he's been in Sicily nine months.
 
No, I think Leontes does not some reasons for fearing his wife's chastity.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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