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Re: Cleopatra's Charms
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0807.  Monday, 11 November 1996.

From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Saturday, 09 Nov 1996 14:11:34 +0000 (HELP)
Subject: 7.0801  Q: Cleopatra's Charms
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0801  Q: Cleopatra's Charms

If these lines were ever read as verse --an astoundingly rare phenomenon--they
would be yet another example of the playwright's superior management of
surprise and augmentation:

        Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale

        [the line-ending pauses, rendering the
         first meaning "Age can neither wither nor stale her.
         Then Enobarbuis thinks of what he has said, and his
         emotions augment his thoughts as his brain in
         response finds a grammatical object for the
         two verbs:}

        Her infinite variety.

Just like my typing...infinite variety.

                Harry Hill

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