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Re: Prospero's Children; Bust
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0545.  Monday, 10 July 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Timothy Billings <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Jul 1995 10:11:18 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0540  Q: Prospero's Children
 
(2)     From:   Brian Corrigan <
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        Date:   Mon, 10 Jul 95 12:30:54 EST
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(3)     From:   Thomas Connolly <
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        Date:   Sunday, 9 Jul 1995 10:20:31 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0534 Q: Shakespeare Bust
 
 
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From:           Timothy Billings <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Jul 1995 10:11:18 -0400
Subject: 6.0540  Q: Prospero's Children
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0540  Q: Prospero's Children
 
I have always had the sense that Derek Jarman presents Caliban and Miranda
as brother and sister in his Tempest.  You might want to (re)consider that
intriguing film version in this light.  Cheers, Timothy
 
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Date:           Mon, 10 Jul 95 12:30:54 EST
Subject: 6.0540  Q: Prospero's Children
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0540  Q: Prospero's Children
 
I believe the text makes pretty clear that Caliban was on the Island before the
arrival of Prospero and Miranda.
 
Says Caliban, "When thou cam'st first, / Thou strok'st me and made much of me."
 He goes on to say in I.ii that he originally thought Prospero a god and showed
him all the best places of the island.  He ironically treats Stephano and
Trinculo in the exact same manner in II.ii, and in repeating almost the very
words from I.ii repeats the same mistake, thus intimating that he was (as he is
now) quite familiar with the Island when Prospero arrived.
 
In III.ii Caliban states that Propero's "cunning hath cheated me of the
island."  And again he says "by sorcery he got this isle; /From me he got it."
In each instance, Caliban plainly indicates that he considered the island his
before there was a Prospero to people it and that Prospero took it from him.
 
If an argument is to be made successfully that Prospero mated with Sycorax and
thereby got Caliban, these textual problems must be addressed.
 
Brian Corrigan
North Georgia College
 
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Date:           Sunday, 9 Jul 1995 10:20:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0534 Q: Shakespeare Bust
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0534 Q: Shakespeare Bust
 
The Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival peddles Bard busts.  So does the San
Diego Festival.  The San Diego shop is adjacent to its theatre--actually w/in
the theatre complex.
 

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