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Re: Harfleur
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0454  Monday, 15 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Hugh Grady <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Mar 1999 13:21:39 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0432 Re: Harfleur

[2]     From:   Brian Haylett <
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        Date:   Saturday, 13 Mar 1999 15:43:36 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0446 Re: Harfleur


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From:           Hugh Grady <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Mar 1999 13:21:39 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.0432 Re: Harfleur
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0432 Re: Harfleur

Re: Shakespeare's intent.

Can we arrange a seance and ask him. I'm assured it has been done
before.

Best,
Hugh Grady

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From:           Brian Haylett <
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Date:           Saturday, 13 Mar 1999 15:43:36 -0000
Subject: 10.0446 Re: Harfleur
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0446 Re: Harfleur

'I know this reading turns up a lot in the commentaries, but I find it
naive. Yes, this is the sequence of events, but Shakespeare's source
makes clear that the murder of the boys came first and there are later
references in the play justifying Henry's decision as revenge for the
boys deaths and as good military strategy since the French were still on
the field.'

Surely the naivity lies in telling us what Shakespeare should have
written instead of considering the significance of his alteration to his
source. How did some readers of Shakespeare get to the point where they
think the text so irrelevant? The fact that Gower begins to rewrite
history in the next scene makes a point in itself: such is political
life. After all, the popular myth of the heroic Henry had to start
somewhere, and Shakespeare shows it is not his view.
 

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