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Insults and Apologies
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0320.  Wednesday, 19 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Eric Armstrong <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Apr 1995 18:01:48 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0308  Qs: Fighting Words
 
(2)     From:   Terrence Ross <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Apr 1995 17:41:34 -0400
        Subj:   Apologizing ala Richard III
 
 
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From:           Eric Armstrong <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Apr 1995 18:01:48 -0400
Subject: 6.0308  Qs: Fighting Words
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0308  Qs: Fighting Words
 
>2.      I seem to recall seeing an advertisement for a book (I think
>        published by a British press) which dealt with Shakespearean
>        curses and similar matters -- a kind of collection from the
>        plays.  Do any of you know of such a book?
> >Thanks for any help you can give. > >Dan Colvin >Western Illinois University
>
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This book is called Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit -- Wayne F.
Hill and Cynthia J/ Ottchen ISBN 0951868403 MainSail Press.
 
There are literally 20 pages of non-stop insults all run together. I highly
recommend this book.
 
Eric
 
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From:           Terrence Ross <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Apr 1995 17:41:34 -0400
Subject:        Apologizing ala Richard III
 
I hate to contaminate SHAKSPER by referring to a certain legal proceeding in
Los Angeles, but there have been two apologies in the last week, one by a
senator and one by a lawyer, that remind me of Richard's apology in act 2 of
R3:
 
                        if any here
  By false intelligence or wrong surmise
  Hold me a foe;
  If I unwittingly, or in my rage,
  Have aught committed that is hardly borne
  By any in this presence, I desire
  To reconcile me to his friendly peace.
  'Tis death to me to be at enmity;
  I hate it, and desire all good men's love.
 
Our contemporary apologizers, like Richard, always shift the blame to those who
might have taken offense where none was meant, though at least neither the
senator nor the lawyer said, "I thank my God for my humility."
 

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