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Re: Abhorson
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0946. Wednesday, 6 December 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Richard J Kennedy <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Dec 1995 19:30:51 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0939  Re: Abhorson
 
(2)     From:   Sara Jayne Steen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Dec 1995 10:00:23 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0943  Re: Abhorson
 
 
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From:           Richard J Kennedy <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Dec 1995 19:30:51 -0800
Subject: 6.0939  Re: Abhorson
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0939  Re: Abhorson
 
The mystery, I believe, is death.  Being so close to the thing, Abhorson knows
it to be a mystery.  As to the true man's clothes and the thief, I think
Shakespeare lost his line of logic on this, but plowed on anyway, the hangman
in his whoreson way a fiddle to play us a puzzling tune on true men, thieves,
and death.
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Dec 1995 10:00:23 -0700
Subject: 6.0943  Re: Abhorson
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0943  Re: Abhorson
 
>> Every true man's apparel fits your thief: if it be too little for your thief
>> your true man thinks it big enough; if it be too big for your thief, your
>> thief thinks it little enough: so every true man's apparel fits your thief.
 
These lines might be understood philosophically, paraphrased as: A thief thinks
everything should belong to him: something a true man thinks is fine is less
than the thief wants; something that is more than the thief deserves still
seems to the thief barely enough: the thief wants it all.
 
The "mystery" is what the hangman understands about crime?
 

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