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Re: Sins; Iago; Maps
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0422  Wednesday, 10 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Mar 1999 10:10:32 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0413 Re: Seven Deadly Sins

[2]     From:   Terence Martin <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 09 Mar 1999 10:11:12 -0600
        Subj:   Iago

[3]     From:   Louis Marder <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Mar 1999 17:43:28 -0600
        Subj:   Re: Maps of Shakespeare's Plays


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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Mar 1999 10:10:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.0413 Re: Seven Deadly Sins
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0413 Re: Seven Deadly Sins

I don't find Hamlet to be slothful. For a couple of real sluggards, try
Mr and Mrs Allwit in Thomas Middleton's comedy _A Chaste Maid in
Cheapside_. Allwit is so lazy that he won't father his own children.
David Bergeron has a good essay in a collection on Middleton
(_Accompaninge the Players_) showing a counterpoint of this play and a
moral civic pageant by Middleton, "The Triumphs of Truth." Hamlet is a
workaholic by comparison to the Allwits.

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From:           Terence Martin <
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Date:           Tuesday, 09 Mar 1999 10:11:12 -0600
Subject:        Iago

Apologies to Ed Taft, but I cannot accept Jack Nicolson as Iago;
Nicolson is visually and professionally clearly a villian when we see
him on stage.  Iago comes from the military world of Othello, a world
which even then I suspect was divided into them (civilians) and us
(military).  Iago is presumably a reliable, experienced soldier in that
world or he would not be Othello's ancient.  As such, he should look
that part, I believe.  Unfortunately, almost all Iagos that I have seen
on stage or film would not be trusted an inch by the average theatre
goer.  Thus, Othello frequently appears a fool to trust a man so clearly
untrustworthy from the audience's point of view.  Personally, I want to
see an Iago who looks solidly reliable but who is anything but.

Cheers,
Terence (Terry) Martin

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From:           Louis Marder <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Mar 1999 17:43:28 -0600
Subject:        Re: Maps of Shakespeare's Plays

Re: Maps:  I forgot about Isaac Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare.  He gives
maps of every play, but they are not very detailed.  Macbeth is quite
good, but others are less useful.  Louis Marder, The Shakespeare Data
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