The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0960  Wednesday, 9 June 1999.

From:           Dana Shilling <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 8 Jun 1999 12:44:04 -0400
Subject:        Born to Hand Jive

Bertram Joseph's "Acting Shakespeare" (Theatre Arts Books 1960/1969; I
have the 1989 reprint) deals extensively with conventionalized hand
gestures used by Elizabethan orators and actors, and well-known to the
audience-more or less the way that ballet audiences know that rolling
the hands overhead means "let's dance," moving the back of the hand from
the cheek to the chin means "beautiful" and pointing to the ring finger
means wife or fianc 

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