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Re: Shrews and Frogs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0727.  Monday, 12 September 1994.
 
(1)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Saturday, 10 Sep 1994 16:04:04 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Is Bianca a Shrew?
 
(2)     From:   Luc Borot <
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        Date:   Saturday, 10 Sep 1994 22:46:23 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0725  Re: Frogs
 
 
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Saturday, 10 Sep 1994 16:04:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Is Bianca a Shrew?
 
I suppose that Bernice Kliman is objecting to my suggestion that Bianca is a
shrew. I did not make that suggestion merely on the strength of her rebellious
behaviour as a student, though, since I'm a teacher, I'm sure that rebellion
had something to do with my response. Bianca gets the command structure all
wrong. Teachers tell students what to study and when.
 
Why does Katherina have Bianca tied, and why is she striking her (II.1.1-22)?
My answer is: because Bianca is being a shrew. "So well I know my duty to my
elders" (7), she tells Katherina. And when the topic of conversation turns to
Hortensio, Bianca offers to get him for Katherina. The subtext reads: my OLD
sister can't get a husband for herself, but I can get one for her if she asks
me to. Hinted at like a true sister.
 
Well, if Bianca isn't a shrew, she's a spoiled brat.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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Date:           Saturday, 10 Sep 1994 22:46:23 +0100
Subject: 5.0725  Re: Frogs
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0725  Re: Frogs
 
Bill Godshalk reminds us of a very weird exchange we had some time ago about
alledged French national dishes and the municipal crest of the blessed city of
Paris, my home village (and the most magnificent city in the universe, but here
I'm being partial, and there are many excellent reasons why I don't live there
anymore...).
 
His information sounds very interesting. When our library has moved into its
new premises next week, I'll check STC n=B019197 and I'll ask me ole dad to go
and check in the archives of the Hotel de Ville if he can find a crest with 3
somethings in the same position as the 3 frogs on the crest mentioned by Bill.
Dad won't mind: he does a good deal of parish and family research there and has
many friends in the place who can help if he can't go to the library.
 
I can't think of any crest of Paris with 3 objects in it; 3 royal fleur de lys
can appear in a triangle, but the fleur de lys is not Parisian in itself. It
sometimes crowns the ship of the company of the merchants, but it cannot
identify the city. That's why I need to see the picture on the title page. This
information from Bill will solve that aquatic mystery for me and for him. Not
very Shakespearean, is it????...
 
But have you SEEN the titlepage yourself, Bill? the wording of your last
paragraph suggest you haven't? suspense!!!!!!!
 
        Buvez frais,
        Luc
 

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