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Re: Chooseth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0963  Wednesday, 9 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Brian Haylett <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 8 Jun 1999 19:45:10 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0956 Various Responses

[2]     From:   Judith Craig <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 8 Jun 1999 13:49:43 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0956 Various Responses


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From:           Brian Haylett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 8 Jun 1999 19:45:10 +0100
Subject: 10.0956 Various Responses
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0956 Various Responses

Mike Jensen writes: 'This is why I am confident Portia does not tip off
Bassanio as to which casket to chose.  It is inconsistent with her
character through the rest of the play.  She absolutely believes of
keeping your word, but also in forgiveness.  From a stagecraft POV,
there is not tension of she tips him off.  This is a moment made for
tension.

'I know I'm swimming upstream having this opinion on this list, but I do
think a close and consistent reading bears this out.'

Welcome to an elite club, Mike. Recent postings have admitted there is
an ambiguity about:

1. whether Portia tips off Bassanio,
2. whether she is over-manipulative in the trial scene;
3. what 'complexion' means.

On each occasion there has been an accompanying choice of the reading
that most destroys the play's unity. I am still hoping to hear why those
choices were made. Is it an academic tic?

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From:           Judith Craig <
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Date:           Tuesday, 8 Jun 1999 13:49:43 -0500
Subject: 10.0956 Various Responses
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0956 Various Responses

To respond to Mike Jensen, I do agree that the play is about keeping
one's word-in fact my first interest in trying to come up with a
dissertation topic years ago was his preoccupation in so many plays with
oaths and the consequences of breaking them.

Thanks for the support!

Judy Craig

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