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The Last Words on the Roasted Crabs Thread
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0495  Monday, 25 May 1998.

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 May 1998 14:15:42 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: Crabs

[2]     From:   Jacquie Hanham <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 May 1998 16:10:07 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Crabs


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 May 1998 14:15:42 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Re: Crabs

Alexandra Gerrull points out the value of non-specialist postings:

> It took me about two minutes to get the two plays
> down from the shelf and check what the notes had to say.
> Some minutes more to type the reply. Yet, before I put
> the plays back on the shelf I thought about the two passages
> for a while which I would not have done otherwise. So
> apart from being able to help, I got the idea for what
> sounds like a very nice recipe for cold nights
> and another little Meisterstueck from Mr. Shakespeare,
> something I must have read but never noticed several times.

I would be glad to offer this list the fruits of my
SerendipityServer(tm). This is a Perl script which works by randomly
selecting an editorial gloss from the Arden2 CDROM and then finding the
word in Shakespeare's text which provoked the editorial explanation.
This word is automatically pasted into an fake email letter of enquiry
from a bona fide list-member, and then the letter is sent off to the
list.

Why should we have to wait for someone on the list to actually ask these
valuable questions? I vote we let SerendipityServer(tm) take over this
work.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Jacquie Hanham <
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Date:           Friday, 22 May 1998 16:10:07 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Crabs

Dear All,

Is there nothing Professor Wells can do right? In my opinion his initial
response to the 'crabs' inquiry was to attempt to suggest a way of
empowering the inquirer. When this was misconstrued he then reacted with
an offer of spontaneous generosity i.e. the offer of a book. Some people
on the list seem to feel that there is a sense of elitism latent amongst
some of the more well-known list members (perhaps harking back to
discussion regarding Gabriel Egan's comments on SHAKSPER). It seems to
me though that the harsh response to Professor Wells is bordering on the
paranoid.

Jacquie Hanham

[Editor's Note: I agree and see no need to distribute further posts on
this subject.  -HMC]
 

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