Hotspur, Falstaff, Inside-Outside
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0288 Friday, 19 February 1999.
From: Robert Dennis <
Date: Thursday, 18 Feb 1999 10:00:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.0284 Hotspur, Falstaff, Inside-Outside
Comment: Re: SHK 10.0284 Hotspur, Falstaff, Inside-Outside
On Wednesday, 17 Feb 1999 Giovanni Tallino wrote:
>A Polonius on the outside with Iago on the inside
>is just what a president with the appearance of a
>Hotspur and the substance of a Falstaff deserves.
Ignoring the reference to current events, is it Mr. Tallino or myself
who has misunderstood both Hotspur and Falstaff?
Hotspur seems to me to lack substance in a big way; seems to be
insincere and superficial. Falstaff, on the other hand, has always
seemed a marvelous character, with much to be admired, even among those
traits superficially less desirable.
Have I so mis-read my Shakespeare all these years?