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Qs: MM and Bedlam
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0596.  Sunday, 25 May 1997.

[1]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 May 1997 12:24:03 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Some Measure for Measure Questions

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Sunday, 25 May 1997 06:15:45 -0400
        Subj:   Bedlam


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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Friday, 23 May 1997 12:24:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Some Measure for Measure Questions

I have a few questions about Measure For Measure-

Are there any other characters in Shakespeare like Escalus who perform
the role of a buffer? I'm assuming that Escalus knows what the Duke is
up to, and the Duke knows that Escalus knows.

What are some of Mistress Overdone's occupation's historical traits? (in
action, dress or demeanor)

Can anyone tell me about a range of incarnations that Isabella has had
over the years, especially regarding her first entrance? ie: is she
predominantly sensual or spiritual?

These are all pre-production questions.

Billy Houck

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Sunday, 25 May 1997 06:15:45 -0400
Subject:        Bedlam

I know we're taught that it was so, but how much hard evidence is there
that people in the early modern period really did visit Bedlam or other
institutions to watch displays of the 'mad' inmates for the purposes of
entertainment?

Terence Hawkes
 

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