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Re: MM "Glass"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0690.  Friday, 20 June 1997.

[1]     From:   W.  L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Jun 1997 21:23:44 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0680  Re: MM "Glass"

[2]     From:   Joe Shea <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Jun 1997 23:10:58 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0684 Re: MM "Glass"


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From:           W.  L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Jun 1997 21:23:44 -0400
Subject: 8.0680  Re: MM "Glass"
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0680  Re: MM "Glass"

I haven't followed this entire thread, so I ask from ignorance: has
anyone cited G. K. Hunter's little essay (published some 30 years ago)
on "glassy essence"?  I was writing an explanatory note on the passage
at the time, but after reading Hunter, I realized that I had nothing
substantial to add.  The "glassy essence" is a reflection in a looking
glass, and apes were represented in the Renaissance as partial to making
mouths at themselves in mirrors.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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From:           Joe Shea <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Jun 1997 23:10:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 8.0684 Re: MM "Glass"
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0684 Re: MM "Glass"

Wouldn't "glass" be the Shakespearean "glass," i.e., a telescope --
looking through a telescope in the dark, which-until night visions
scopes-reveals little or nothing of the landscape?  The King James
version would be consistent with that interpretation in terms of its
timing.

Best,
Joe Shea
Editor-in-Chief
The American Reporter
 

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