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Re: Monkeys; Brides; Vocabulary
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0317  Monday, 6 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Ed Taft <
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        Date:   Saturday, 04 Apr 1998 10:22:45 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   SHK 9.0306  Re: Monkeys

[2]     From:   Steve Urkowitz <
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        Date:   Saturday, 4 Apr 1998 16:55:05 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0292  Re: Anti-Semitism

[3]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Saturday, 4 Apr 1998 22:56:37 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Vocabulary and Pedagogy


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From:           Ed Taft <
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Date:           Saturday, 04 Apr 1998 10:22:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Monkeys
Comment:        SHK 9.0306  Re: Monkeys

Dear Steve Sohmer (and others),

Steve, you seem to know quite a bit about monkeys, and so I want to ask
you about trained monkeys and apes in London circa 1590-1600. I seem to
remember reading somewhere that monkeys/apes put on performances in
Paris garden. (I think they rode horses, but, alas, memory is weak.) I
also think that they were trained in a certain way: they were pricked to
perform, tickled as a reward, and poisoned when they were too old to
perform anymore. Do you (or anyone else) know if this is true? The verbs
in sentence 3, above, show why I am interested in this.

Yours,
--Ed Taft

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From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Saturday, 4 Apr 1998 16:55:05 EST
Subject: 9.0292  Re: Anti-Semitism
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0292  Re: Anti-Semitism

Ed Taft considers that selling Leah's ring represents a repudiation of
Jewishness by Jessica. Well, to me is seems instead like a repudiation
of  the bonds between momma and poppa in favor of her new relationship.
Negotiating that transfer of allegiance ain't easy in the calmest of
seas, let alone in those dramatically stormy.

For other similarly fraught translations from old family to new,
consider Juliet, or Anne Page.  Anne Page is particularly interesting if
you look at the Quarto and Folio alternatives of the last 30-or-so lines
of WIVES.  In Q she jauntily returns from church and is quickly welcomed
back into the actual embraces of her mother and father.  In F she comes
back repentant, asking "Pardon, good father, good my mother, pardon."
They do NOT in F say words of forgiveness to her (only to husband
Fenton). There are no scripted embraces, nor indeed do Pop and Mom Page
direct any welcoming words of any kind to her.  Not an easy transit,
even for a nice Church of England gal.

(Perhaps I'm peculiarly sensitive to this as my own daughter gets
married on August 2.  With embraces.)

Steve Father-of-the-Bride-owitz

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Saturday, 4 Apr 1998 22:56:37 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Vocabulary and Pedagogy

In my 45 yrs in the classroom when I suspected a student of turning in a
plagiarized paper, I sat her/him down in my office to define and use in
sentences different from the sentences in the questionable paper each of
10 or 12 words I extracted from the paper.  It worked to perfection,
never an exception.  Even the tough ones broke down and used the box of
kleenex I kept on my desk for such occasions.

But to do this is not the equivalent of teaching vocab.

All best to all wordsmiths,
John
 

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