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Re: Merchant of Venice and Revenge; *Edward III*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0627.  Monday, 26 August 1996.

(1)     From:   Bernice W. Kliman <
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        Date:   Sunday, 25 Aug 1996 12:22:34 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0624  Re: Merchant of Venice and Revenge

(2)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Sunday, 25 Aug 1996 14:33:24 -0400
        Subj:   Ed III


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From:           Bernice W. Kliman <
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Date:           Sunday, 25 Aug 1996 12:22:34 -0400
Subject: 7.0624  Re: Merchant of Venice and Revenge
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0624  Re: Merchant of Venice and Revenge

The following statement by Francis Douce, in his *Illustrations of
Shakspeare,...* 1807 is worth noting, I think, though it is not related to the
point about Antonio's inability to repay the debt:

Douce says, "It is much to be lamented that this equisitely beautiful drama can
neither be read nor performed, without exciting in every humane and liberal
mind an abhorrence of its professed design to vilify an ancient and
respectable, but persecuted, nation. It should be remembered that contempt and
intolerance must naturally excite hatred; that to proke revenge is, in fact, to
become responsible for the crimes it may occasion; that to those who would
degrade and oppress us, it is but justice to oppose craft; and that nature has
supplied even the brute creation with the means of resisting persecution.  It
will be readily conceded that there happily exist in the present moment but few
remains of the illiberal prejudices complained of, the asterity of which has
been greatly mitigated by the laudable and successful exertions of a modern
dramatic writer, to whom the Jewish people are under the highest obligation"
(1:292).

Does anyone know who this "modern dramatic writer" might be?

Bernice W. Kliman

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Sunday, 25 Aug 1996 14:33:24 -0400
Subject:        Ed III

I missed E. Pearlman's  "Edward III in Henry V"  in Criticism,1995.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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