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Re: Innogen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2013  Tuesday, 16 November 1999.

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 09:30:26 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 10.1993 Re: Innogen

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 22:34:53 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1993 Re: Innogen


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 09:30:26 -0800
Subject: Re: Innogen
Comment:        SHK 10.1993 Re: Innogen

I am not persuaded the current discussion of Innogen's lack of lines in
Much Ado is fruitful.  I suspect we are not casting our net widely
enough.

There are other such characters in other plays.  A systematic study will
probably reveal more than concentrating on Innogen.

I did see an article once.  I don't remember where I saw it, probably
Shakespeare Quarterly, Yearbook, Studies, or Survey, since I look at
those most often.  It may have been a chapter in Molly M. Mahood's
excellent Playing Bit Parts in Shakespeare.  If so, I am embarrassed to
not remember what she said about these characters.  Alas, I no longer
have the book.

The point is that bordering our consideration should be more effective
than sticking to Innogen, and I know there is a resource out there, if
only I can remember it.  Does anyone else know it?

Best,
Mike Jensen

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 22:34:53 -0800
Subject: 10.1993 Re: Innogen
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1993 Re: Innogen

Hi, Karen.

About whether early modern parents attended marriages, the evidence of
the Book of Common Prayer in the reign of Edward would seem to indicate
that normally they did, but that they didn't have to.  The rubric
following the minister's query "Who geueth this woman to be maried to
this man?" reads as follows:

And the minister receiuing the woman at her father or frendes handes:
shall cause the man to take the woman by the right hande, and so either
to give their trouth to other:

In other words, the father has a role in the marriage ceremony, but it's
a role that could be taken over by any (presumably male) "friend".  It
would seem that the family, or at least the community, had to publicly
consent to the marriage.

Cheers,
Se

 

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