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2 Henry 4 Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0413  Monday, 28 February 2000.

From:           Laura Blankenship <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Feb 2000 15:11:55 -0600
Subject:        2 Henry 4 Question

At the end of 2 Henry 4, when Hal dismisses Falstaff, he says something
to the effect of "from my other self I turn." (don't have the text
here).  This seems to be an almost direct quote from Queen Elizabeth's
poem "On Monsieur's Departure." The sixth line reads, "Since from myself
another self I turned."  Is there any connection here?  It seems that
Shakespeare might be making a connection between Hal and the Queen in a
very direct way.  Would Shakespeare have read this poem?

Thanks for your comments,
Laura Blankenship
University of Arkansas
 

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