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Re: Silenced Fiancees
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1540  Tuesday, 31 August 1999.

From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Aug 1999 09:11:45 GMT
Subject: 10.1520 Re: Silenced Fiancees
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1520 Re: Silenced Fiancees

Yes, we do respond to Miranda's open-hearted exclamation, but surely not
without some reservation - it's one of the distinguishing marks of the
ending of this romance, compared with the others, that forgiveness and
reconciliation seem less full-hearted, less unconditional than in, say,
Winter's Tale.

Nonetheless in the recent Tempest in Leeds, with Ian McKellen as
Prospero and Claudie Blakely as a very fine Miranda, the director, Jude
Kelly, made a brave attempt to reinforce the 'plus' side, as Miranda,
after making her optimistic observation, knelt wonderingly in front of
Antonio, gently touched his face) and we were made to feel that her very
innocence for the first time induced remorse, and Antonio then was able
to join in the final reconciliation.

(A good example of the way in which silence on the page can be, indeed
must be fleshed out by action on the stage.)

David Lindley
School of English
University of Leeds

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