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Re: Time in MM
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1220  Friday, 2 July 1999.

[1]     From:   H. R. Greenberg <
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Jul 1999 22:05:19 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1208 Time in Measure For Measure

[2]     From:   Nancy N. Doherty <
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Jul 1999 22:07:59 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1208 Time in Measure For Measure


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From:           H. R. Greenberg <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Jul 1999 22:05:19 EDT
Subject: 10.1208 Time in Measure For Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1208 Time in Measure For Measure

Time passes as in a dream.  There is a general air of uncanniness and
surreality about the play which I do not believe has been sufficiently
explored at least in so far as I know.  To take the time "passed" in any
sense too literally is to overlook this strange elasticity, comes to
mind the passage of time in R II  which covers decades and yet seems
curiously contiguous.  I should like other opinions on this.  hr
greenberg md

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From:           Nancy N. Doherty <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Jul 1999 22:07:59 EDT
Subject: 10.1208 Time in Measure For Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1208 Time in Measure For Measure

I am also currently working on MFM.  The time problem seems to be
contained in the execution orders for Claudio and Barnadine. Angelo
states that Claudio should be executed by fourof the clock, and
Barnadine in the afternoon, with Claudio's head sent by five.  If the
bed trick happens at the "middle of the night and the Duke greets the
provost with "the best and wholesom'st spirits of the night envelop you"
and shortly there after greets Isabella with"good morning", are we to
assume Claudio is to be executed at 4 am with the head sent at 5 am?
In  which case the Duke returns the following day?

Otherwise the time frame is intact. Overdone states he is to be executed
with in 3 days and that time frame fits the play if you assume Lucio
meets Isabella and they go to Angelo on the same day. The following day
Angelo makes the proposition, Isabella goes to see Claudio, then
encouners the Duke - at which time she says she is going back to Angelo
to give her answer and the Duke say to meet him "presently".  The
substitution happens that same evening and we are on our way.
 

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