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Re: Sins in MM
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0239.  Wednesday, 19 February 1997.

[1]     From:   Chris J. Fassler <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Feb 1997 09:05:27 -0500
        Subj:   Sin and Jesuits

[2]     From:   Louis Marder <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Feb 97 12:11:49 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0223  Re: Sins in MM


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From:           Chris J. Fassler <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Feb 1997 09:05:27 -0500
Subject:        Sin and Jesuits

James Saeger's question about sin in _M for M_ got me thinking about
attitudes toward Jesuits in early modern Protestant England.

Aren't these other characters encouraging Isabella toward a kind of
moral equivocation that at least some English Protestants (Foxe's _Book
of Martyrs comes immediately to mind) would have (unfavorably)
identified with those nasty, lying, slippery Jesuits?  (Apologies to
Frs. Bob, Bill, and Jim.)  My recollection is that Foxe more than once
points out how forthright and, thus, morally correct martyred
Protestants were.

Since Isabella is being asked to lie with someone rather than to
someone, perhaps the comparison is inappropriate.

--Chris

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From:           Louis Marder <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Feb 97 12:11:49 EST
Subject: 8.0223  Re: Sins in MM
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0223  Re: Sins in MM

RE sin in MM.  I haven't read all the messages on this subject but I
wonder has anyone suggested that Isabella sins by pimping for Angelo.
And Mariana becomes a fornicatress for Angelo.  There was a
pre-contract, but it has long been broken.  Is the play much ado about
nothing or all's well that ends well?  Shakespeare likes a good story
and makes it complicated with contrasts, cross-purposes and ironies to
be enjoyable.  Cassandra in the source was no virgin, but S makes
Isabella not only a virgin but a novice in St. Clare.

Louis Marder

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