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Re: Rom. "cazzo"; H5 Last Rites
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1314  Thursday, 17 December 1998.

[1]     From:   Frances Barasch <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 15:37:49 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1302  Re: Questions on R&J: "cazzo"

[2]     From:   Jason N. Mical <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 10:54:59 -0600
        Subj:   Last Rites in Henry V


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From:           Frances Barasch <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 15:37:49 EST
Subject: 9.1302  Re: Questions on R&J: "cazzo"
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1302  Re: Questions on R&J: "cazzo"

On "cazzo": according to "Le Parole Della Gente, dizionario
dell'italiano gergale," Machiavelli used the word for "individuo
stupido."  Among various meanings of "gatto" is "membro virile."
Interestingly, "gatta" is "organo genitale femminile."  Frances Barasch

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From:           Jason N. Mical <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Dec 1998 10:54:59 -0600
Subject:        Last Rites in Henry V

>Chris Gordon wrote (paraphrasing) that in the Catholic faith a sincere
>Act of contrition can take the place of final confession. I must ask,
>however, how many men, having not been slain instantly, dying on a
>battlefield of gaping, horrific, wounds, have the clarity of mind to
>rise beyond their excruciating world of pain to make a full act of
>contrition? -Sally Schutz

You might want to check out this dilemma as presented in Dante's
Purgatorio.  It might help you identify with the Christian mindset in
medieval / early Renaissance Europe regarding dying without receiving
Last Rites.  Especially of interest is Canto V.

Best,
Jason Mical
Drury College
 

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