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Re: Portia's Voice
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0062. Wednesday, 1 February 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Ben Schneider <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jan 1995 11:08:04 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Portia's Voice
 
(2)     From:   Dudley Knight <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jan 1995 19:35:50 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0059 Re: *MV* Ongoing Discussion
 
 
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From:           Ben Schneider <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jan 1995 11:08:04 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Portia's Voice
 
Dear Phyllis Rackin:
 
Thank you very much for calling my attention to Portia's self-proclaimed "bad
voice."   She has just commanded the music to stop, and is about to begin the
jest of the ring.  In this context her voice won't be musical. But even here
the music bursts through.  Answering Bassanio's defense, in which every line
ends with the word "ring," comes her riposte, in which the firt four and the
last end with "ring."  If your spirits are attentive you may hear a bell
tinkling in these lines, and they may remind you of Shylock tolling "bond,"
"bond," "bond," at the ends of an earlier series of lines.  But of course if
you read the ending as Portia establishing domination over Bassanio, your
spirits will not hear any music.
 
Yours ever,
BEN SCHNEIDER
 
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jan 1995 19:35:50 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 6.0059 Re: *MV* Ongoing Discussion
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0059 Re: *MV* Ongoing Discussion
 
To Phyllis Rackin:
 
There's another possibility, which I am somewhat timorous to suggest. Maybe-
just maybe--Portia has a sense of humor (in the contemporary sense, which may
not last too long from current indications).
 
Dudley Knight
University of California--Irvine
 

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