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Re: Books; Dreams; Shakespeare on CD-ROM
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 1031.  Friday, 30 December 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Richard J Kennedy <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 27 Dec 1994 16:04:24 -0800
        Subj:   Books
 
(2)     From:   E. L. Epstein <epstein@QCVAXA.BITNET>
        Date:   Thursday, 29 Dec 1994 12:24:15 EDT
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.1019  Re: Dreams
 
(3)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Friday, 30 Dec 94 09:16:47 -0500
        Subj:   Shakespeare on CD-ROM
 
 
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From:           Richard J Kennedy <
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Date:           Tuesday, 27 Dec 1994 16:04:24 -0800
Subject:        Books
 
Bill Godshalk asked about a source for OP books, and if anyone knows a good
place to go, I'm sure a lot of us would like to see the post.
 
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From:           E. L. Epstein <epstein@QCVAXA.BITNET>
Date:           Thursday, 29 Dec 1994 12:24:15 EDT
Subject: 5.1019  Re: Dreams
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.1019  Re: Dreams
 
In regards to dreams: *of* and *on* are two different prepositions. Shakespeare
used both in various places. He did have a problem with *of* in a prominent
place. The line in *Tempest*, "Of his bones are coral(s) made," makes no
semantic sense. It is a line featuring syntactic inversion, it would seem, but
untangling the inversion produces a line that does not mean what I think all
readers would agree is the sense. The uninverted line would read Coral(s) are
made of his bones. The immediate meaning of this line would mean that all or
some corals in the sea have been made of the bones of the drowned man. This is
not so, however, as the next line makes clear. Those are pearls that were his
eyes--his bones have been made into coral, perhaps while still in his body,
since his eyes have been made into two pearls, not all or some of the pearls of
the sea. The less puzzling version of the line should read His bones are corals
made, in a parallel to the word was made flesh. In fact, the sentence from the
Bible is semantically relevant to such a meaning as well as syntactically
parallel. So what are we to make of *of* in of his bones are corals made?
English has no provision for disappearing prepositions in such a structure.
Robert Graves, in a place that I have forgotten, acknowledges the difficulty
implicitly by quoting the line as *Oh, his bones are corals made!" (Does anyone
know where the Graves alteration is printed?)
 
As for the original discussion of *dreams are made on*, the preposition *of*
derives from an older form of *off*. If someone can tell me how *off* and *on*
can mean the same thing, I will give them a big red apple. I would also be
grateful for discussion of the Tempest line. E.L.Epstein
 
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Friday, 30 Dec 94 09:16:47 -0500
Subject:        Shakespeare on CD-ROM
 
Hardy mentioned that he'd received the announcement of the full-text database
of Shakespeare adaptations, but that it cost $4000. I saw the same announcement
and sent it on to the University of Minnesota librarian who handles the
humanities, but I am not hopeful. I don't suppose there's anyway the 500 of us
could contribute $10 each and make it accessible on-line is there? This no
doubt violates all sorts of copyright, but then my anarchist heart thrills to
that possibility.
 
Best wishes for 1995 to everyone!
Chris Gordon
 

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