Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0463. Friday, 21 June 1996.
Date: Wednesday, 19 Jun 1996 19:37:49 UTC+0100
Subject: Re: Shylock
Comment: SHK 7.0457 Re: Shylock
I ignore whether this idea of mine regarding Shylock's meaning has already been
aired or not, but here it goes. I have always interpreted Shylock's words as a
reference to fencing as in a duel (of course, Shylock bears a 'fat grudge' on
Antonio). Now I think of it, I even tend to relate it to the fencing combat in
Hamlet where the Prince of Denmark is also described by Gertrude as being fat.
Are these the ramblings of my mind or fencing and overweight were related in
This is for Lisa Hopkins: not to mention Gloucester (Gloster), Glamis (Glams)
and changeable Perdita (P'erdita / Perd'ita, which syllable is stressed? For
me, as a Spaniard, Perd'ita -stress on the second syllable- makes more sense)
Regards to all.