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Re: MM Line
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0643.  Friday, 6 June 1997.

[1]     From:   David Evett <R0870%
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 June, 1997
        Subj:   SHK 8.0639  Re: MM Line

[2]     From:   Jay Johnson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Jun 1997 16:59:04 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0634  Q: MM Line


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From:           David Evett <R0870%
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Date:           Thursday, 5 June, 1997
Subject: Re: MM Line
Comment:        SHK 8.0639  Re: MM Line

In re "glassy essence"-when the RSC did *Measure* in '77? '79?, the play
opened with Daniel Massey as the Duke, back to the audience, dressing
himself in front of an immense mirror; the production sought to develop
the self-regarding elements of all the characters, and, indeed, to take
self-regard as a defining feature of the play.  But if that's one of the
meanings in Isabella's speech it's pungently ironized-a good gloss on
Macbeth's "walking shadow".

Dave Evett

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From:           Jay Johnson <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Jun 1997 16:59:04 -0600
Subject: 8.0634  Q: MM Line
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0634  Q: MM Line

Valentin,

I've always assumed that "glassy" in these lines meant "pure" or
"spiritual"; the opposite of "gross," "physical," or "material."  That
which is most important and real about us-our spiritual essence-is that
about which we are least aware or concerned.

Cheers,
Jay Johnson
Medicine Hat College
 

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