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Re: "Thrice blessed"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1674  Monday, 4 October 1999.

From:           Tim Perfect <
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Date:           Saturday, 2 Oct 1999 11:59:22 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 10.1671 "Thrice blessed"
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1671 "Thrice blessed"

>In MND (1.1.74), Theseus, commenting on "nuns,"
>says:
>         Thrice blessed they that master so their blood
>         To undergo such maiden pilgrimage;
>
>But why "thrice"?  Is it just a meaningless
>intensive or does it have
>some other reference?

Just a guess, but perhaps a reference to the Trinity, for example,
blessed by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Dogmatically,
Tim Perfect
Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
 

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