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Re: What did Feste know?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0503  Monday, 22 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Kate Welch <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Mar 1999 16:00:32 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0490 Re: What did Feste know?

[2]     From:   Jerry Bangham <
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        Date:   Saturday, 20 Mar 1999 10:17:05 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.0488 What did Feste Know


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From:           Kate Welch <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Mar 1999 16:00:32 GMT
Subject: 10.0490 Re: What did Feste know?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0490 Re: What did Feste know?

William Taylor wrote:

... I'm correcting term papers just now, and two of my students are
maintaining (I don't agree with them) that Anton Lesser's Feste has seen
through her disguise in 3.1 of the production directed for the stage by
Kenneth Branagh and for television by Paul Kafno ...

... Such an interpretation raises two other questions immediately.

Does Viola know that he knows?  The director/actor decision here can
easily be communicated by Viola's "I would not have it grow on my
chin."  Is that delivered as an aside, or directly to Feste, with a
wink, acknowledging his discovery of her secret?...

I agree with your students here.  In the film, Anton Lesser (Feste)
touches Frances Barber's (Viola's) cheek at "Cressida was a beggar" and
appears to know at this point. Viola shows she knows that he knows at
her next speech "This fellow is wise enough to play the fool". Her
earlier line "I would not have it grow on my chin" is delivered as an
aside but Feste walks up very close behind her so that she is not sure
whether he has overheard or not.

Kate Welch
Shakespeare Institute Library

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From:           Jerry Bangham <
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Date:           Saturday, 20 Mar 1999 10:17:05 -0600
Subject: 10.0488 What did Feste Know, and when did he know it?
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.0488 What did Feste Know, and when did he know it?

I'm afraid this has nothing to do with the original posting, but I can't
resist quoting from an item in the latest "Mysteries by Mail" catalog:
(website http://www.1bookstreet.com/1mysterystreet/Mystery_Home.asp )

Title             Thirteenth Night         Author         Alan R. Gordon

Description:

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is revisited in this story of 13th-century
intrigues. A secret guild-The Fool's Guild-seeks to manipulate power
from behind the scenes. Now, the Duke of Orsino has been murdered, and
the jester Feste must once again match wits with the evil Malvolio.
(1999)

I find it a bit hard to imagine this working. Despite my love of
mysteries, I think I'll pass on this one for the time being. I'd be
interested in hearing from anyone who has read the book, however.

Jerry Bangham      http:/www.win.net/~kudzu/
 

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