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Re: R&J in Lust
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0346  Tuesday 2 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Steven Marx <
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        Date:   Monday, 01 Mar 1999 14:36:02 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0334 Re: R&J in Lust?

[2]     From:   Drew Whitehead <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Mar 1999 09:42:29 +1000 (GMT+1000)
        Subj:   Re: Lady Capulet's Age


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From:           Steven Marx <
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Date:           Monday, 01 Mar 1999 14:36:02 -0800
Subject: 10.0334 Re: R&J in Lust?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0334 Re: R&J in Lust?

Shakespeare probably didn't see it the same way, but his source for RJ,
Arthur Brooke, prefaced his "Tragicall Historye" with reference to "a
couple of unfortunate lovers, thralling themselves to unhonest desire;
neglecting the authority and advice of parents and friends...attempting
all adventures or peril for the attaining of their wicked lust..." In
the past few years this has seemed less off the mark to many of my
students than it did to me when I was their age or now.  They often
observe that for Romeo, the difference between Rosaline and Juliet is
that Juliet is game.

http://www.multimedia.calpoly.edu/libarts/smarx/index.html

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From:           Drew Whitehead <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Mar 1999 09:42:29 +1000 (GMT+1000)
Subject:        Re: Lady Capulet's Age

>Age of Shakespeare's characters is really an issue for me, since I enjoy
>debating this with my students. Juliet is "not yet 14". How old are Lady
>Capulet and the Nurse?

I have always assumed that Lady Capulet was twice Juliet's age: 28.

Drew Whitehead
 

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