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Re: Lechery
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2107  Wednesday, 1 December 1999.

[1]     From:   Marti Markus <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Nov 1999 21:38:05 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2096 Re: Lechery

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Nov 1999 18:49:39 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2096 Re: Lechery


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From:           Marti Markus <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Nov 1999 21:38:05 +0100
Subject: 10.2096 Re: Lechery
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2096 Re: Lechery

> Manuela Rossini writes:
>
> "The question 'How many men did Joan sleep with?' is as irrelevant as
> the number of Lady Macbeth's off-spring. We are dealing with texts here.
> ...  The play constructs precisely this either-or reality for the
> heroine."
>
> If a play that has NO agency can construct a reality, then surely Joan
> can have intercourse with as many men as she wishes, and the number may
> tell us something about her (as a literary character, not as a real
> woman).
>
> Yours, Bill Godshalk

She cannot "have" - she can only "have had": but then, should we believe
the words of a witch - just because they would make her a bitch?
Bewitchmaster General, Markus Marti

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Nov 1999 18:49:39 -0800
Subject: 10.2096 Re: Lechery
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2096 Re: Lechery

Ed Taft writes:

> Mike Friedman's observation that Lucio is a "lech" is a good one that is
> often missed.  This is because Lucio is a "hail-fellow-well-met" type
> who, at first, we have some affection for.  After all, he does want to
> save Claudio's life and seems like a good friend to both Isabella and
> her brother. But there is another side to Lucio, as Mike points out, he
> is irresponsible in his sexual life, and he also uses lower-class women.

I think that one reason he seems to be liked is that he's a rebel, and a
carnivalesque rebel at that, so it's assumed that he must be in keeping
with some sort of dissident agenda.  Lucio, in fact, strikes me as a
very good example of how mere dissidence is not in itself a worthwhile
goal.

Cheers,
Se

 

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