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Re: Desdemona's death
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0866.  Friday, 3 November 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Scott Purdy <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Nov 1995 12:53:23 -0500
        Subj:   Desdemona'
 
(2)     From:   Albert Misseldine <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Nov 1995 13:36:05 -0500
        Subj:   Desdemona's death
 
 
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From:           Scott Purdy <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Nov 1995 12:53:23 -0500
Subject:        Desdemona'
 
Thanks to those who replied to my question about Desdemona's death. I am
searching out Hunt's analysis (thank you, Ken Rothwell), but I am puzzled by
Stuart Rice's comment that "Othello stabs her as well."
 
Are you saying that Othello stabs Desdemona when he says, "Not yet quite dead?
/ I that am cruel am yet merciful, / I would not have thee linger in thy pain"
? I never read this as a stabbing, for he earlier states that he would "not
shed her blood, / Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow."
 
I would like to hear some other voices clear this up for me. Thank you in
advance.
 
Scott Purdy
 
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From:           Albert Misseldine <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Nov 1995 13:36:05 -0500
Subject:        Desdemona's death
 
Re Scott Purdy's question about Desdemona's death. Harold Goddard discusses
this at some length in his The Meaning of Shakespeare. He points to Othello's
last words to Desdemona "I would not have thee linger in thy pain/So, so." The
"so, so" indicate that Othello stabs her at this point.  - A Misseldine
 

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