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Qs: Elizabethan & Jacobean Drama Texts; MM Line
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0634.  Wednesday, 4 June 1997.

[1]     From:   Jim Swan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 3 Jun 1997 13:49:54 -0400
        Subj:   Elizabethan & Jacobean Drama Texts

[2]     From:   Valentin Gerlier <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 03 Jun 1997 15:39:18
        Subj:   Interesting line in Measure for Measure


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From:           Jim Swan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 Jun 1997 13:49:54 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Subject:        Elizabethan & Jacobean Drama Texts

Are there any new Elizabethan/Jacobean drama anthologies-besides Rabkin
& Fraser and Brooke & Paradise?

I remember, several years ago, a publisher (Norton?) asked for
recommendations for a new anthology. But I don't believe anything came
of it.

Jim Swan
English Department
State University of New York

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From:           Valentin Gerlier <
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Date:           Tuesday, 03 Jun 1997 15:39:18
Subject:        Interesting line in Measure for Measure

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

In Measure for Measure, Isabella has this beautiful few lines that I've
been looking at:

    But man, proud man, Dress'd in a little brief authority
    Most ignorant of what he is most assured - his glassy essence -
    Doth before high heaven play such fantastic tricks as makes
    the angels weep...

(II ii - Line 111, if I remember rightly)

I get different translations for "glassy": I found "fragile" in C.T
Onions's Glossary, but other people have told me it also means
transparent. Can anyone help me ? I suddenly had an insight into this
line, taking glassy as meaning both fragile and transparent, that really
supports my ideas in this paper I'm writing. But I want to be sure of my
sources first (as almost anything can be projected into Shakespeare..)
so I turn the question over to you!

Ever yours,
Valentin.
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