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Re: Marriages
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0323.  Saturday, 9 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Ronald Dwelle <
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        Date:   Friday, 08 Apr 94 12:07:11 EST
        Subj:   Companion-Dog Marriages
 
(2)     From:   Timothy Bowden <
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        Date:   Friday, 08 Apr 94 10:23:26 PST
        Subj:   `What man in the whole world -'
 
 
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From:           Ronald Dwelle <
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Date:           Friday, 08 Apr 94 12:07:11 EST
Subject:        Companion-Dog Marriages
 
In response to the comment that Shakespeare preferred companionate marriage to
those arranged by "patriarchal disposition," boy, I donno.
 
Like, maybe, Desdemona's marriage?
 
Even in something like Midsummer Night's Dream, though Egeus doesn't get his
way, the final marriages take place because Theseus "overrules" Egeus and
pretty much dictates all the other arrangements.
 
I'm waiting for the memory to catch up with my brain, but so far I can't think
of a Shakespeare companionate marriage which isn't terrible or in some way
problematic or sullied.
 
        ?
     Ron Dwelle (
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From:           Timothy Bowden <
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Date:           Friday, 08 Apr 94 10:23:26 PST
Subject:        `What man in the whole world -'
 
-, except a father or a potential father-in-law, cares whether any other
man gets married?'  - C S Lewis, _English Literature in the Sixteenth
Century_
 
Question:  Are there other examples of a poet attempting to induce a
        young man to marry in any era prior to, say, 1609?  Just how widespread
        was the practice?
 

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