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Re: Ophelia and Ottilie
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0022  Tuesday, 4 January 2000.

From:           Martin Mueller <
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Date:           Monday, 03 Jan 2000 16:10:13 -0600
Subject: 11.0011 Re: Ophelia and Ottilie
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0011 Re: Ophelia and Ottilie

>I was under the impression that "Ottile" was German for Athalie which is
>French for Athaliah in the Bible.  Not one of the characters you want to
>name children after!
>
>Nancy Charlton

That's probably not so. Ottilie is an eminently respectable name that
you're likely to encounter in reading dedications of piano sonatas by
late eighteenth-century composers to aristocratic women with musical
tastes.

Martin Mueller
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.  USA

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