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Hotspur, Falstaff, Inside-Outside
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0288  Friday, 19 February 1999.

From:           Robert Dennis <
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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?

Sincerely,

Bob Dennis

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