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Re: Miss-Begetting
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0448.  Monday, 5 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Sunday, 4 Jun 1995 20:34:23 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0443  Re: Miss-Begetting
 
(2)     From:   Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
        Date:   Monday, 05 Jun 1995 00:37:06 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0443  Re: Miss-Begetting
 
 
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Date:           Sunday, 4 Jun 1995 20:34:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0443  Re: Miss-Begetting
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0443  Re: Miss-Begetting
 
Probably the only item in folklore that exceeds in number and variety, ways to
influence the nature of a conceived child is ways to attract the man or woman
of one's choice. There may be something in all of them. Who can measure the
power of belief?
 
Stephanie Hughes
 
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From:           Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
Date:           Monday, 05 Jun 1995 00:37:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0443  Re: Miss-Begetting
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0443  Re: Miss-Begetting
 
Dear Anna Cole--thank you for your contrasting images and attitudes towards
"lust" and "beds" in Shakespeare. It may be helpful also to consider the
following "textual crux" in TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (which one critic,
interestingly, claims is one of Shakespeare's few plays in which lust goes
undamned)--spoken by Pandarus, near the end of the assignation scene:
 
        "Whereupon I will show you a chamber which bed, because it shall
        not speak of your pretty encounters, press it to death. Away!"
 
The breakdown of cause and effect here is but aspect of an attitude towards sex
which Greenblatt's notion of "erotic friction" doesn't seem to account
for....Chris Stroffolino
 

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