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Re: Hebrew
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0381.  Friday, 17 May 1996.

(1)     From:   Thomas Ruddick <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 May 96 21:26:18 EST
        Subj:   re: Hebrew (query)

(2)     From:   Jeff Myers <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 May 1996 08:54:50 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: criminal revolutionary academic riffraff


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From:           Thomas Ruddick <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 May 96 21:26:18 EST
Subject:        re: Hebrew (query)

Florence Amit: my knowledge of Shakespeare's familiarity with languages other
than English is limited to Jonson's grudging Folio compliment that Shakespeare
was great even though he knew "little Latin and less Greek". So that I can
mentally index your comments properly, can you please share any historical
evidence you may have that Shakespeare actually knew Hebrew?

Thanks
Thomas E. "TR" Ruddick
Edison Community College

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From:           Jeff Myers <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 May 1996 08:54:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: criminal revolutionary academic riffraff

>To Jeff Meyers:
>
>I did not find Mr. Groves comment amusing nor do I think he intended to discuss
>the matter humorously; but rather to make sure that discussion was curtailed by
>guillotining me. Had my larger essay appeared before, perhaps he would have
>abstained, considering that my neck was thicker than anticipated .  Alas there
>are some among you who appear  more clever than brave. But so it is that
>although I agree that I am not the person to do a serious work of Hebrew
>scholarship, the Hebrew never-the less is there, in Shakespeare and that is
>really my message to you. No joker will remove it. Hopefully someone, better
>equipped than I, will make a systematic and comprehensive survey. I thank Keith
>Richard for his noble defense of me. I am not a professor but an artist. Is
>that not good enough to open new aspects of consideration?
>
>Florence Amit

Now, I see that the unfortunately misguided Mr. Groves' crime was much worse
than the assault with which he was originally charged, with the implication of
a brutal physical attack on a defenseless victim.  Now, I see that Mr. Owens
displayed a contempt for the ordinary decencies of academic life that reminds
one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.  Now, I see the context in
which Mr. Richard's defense was, indeed, "noble."  I shudder at the thought of
the next crime of which this criminal academic revolutionary will be found
guilty.

Mr. Groves, I'm afraid I will have to dissociate myself from your highly
questionable activities.  I must have lost my head when I first leaped to your
defense.

Suitably, I hope, chastened, Jeff Myers

p.s.--Perhaps I should take offense at the misspelling of my name, but I'll
consider the error unintentional, this time, and try to carry on despite the
pain.
 

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