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Pound of Flesh
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0342  Thursday, 17 February 2000.

From:           Lisa Schnell <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Feb 2000 13:40:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Pound of Flesh

A colleague of mine, teaching _Merchant of Venice_, was recently asked
by a student where the phrase "pound of flesh" came from.  Neither she,
nor I, nor the other Shakespearean in the department could summon its
etiology other than to hazard that it perhaps came from Shakespeare's
own imagination.  Can anyone shed any light on this?

Lisa Schnell
University of Vermont

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