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Re: Ducats and Daughters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0141  Friday, 21 January 2000.

From:           Robert Hamilton <
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Date:           Sunday, 16 Jan 2000 11:13:56 -0000
Subject: 11.01259 Re: Ducats and Daughters
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.01259 Re: Ducats and Daughters

>>Another possibility is simply that generosity was highly valued in
>>women. "Free" is one of the better complements in
>>Mallory, if I remember correctly.
>
> Free sexuality?

Both concepts (generous hospitality and sexual licence) would seem to be
operative in Leontes words on his wife's behaviour towards the beginning
of WT:

                    This entertainment
May a free face put on it, derive a liberty
From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom,
And well become the agent.  'T may, I grant.
But to be paddling palms and pinching fingers ...

Robin Hamilton
 

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