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Re: Shakespeare's French
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0173  Thursday, 27 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Ed Taft <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Jan 2000 09:09:55 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Shakespeare in the Bush

[2]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Jan 2000 14:28:02 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0169 Re: Shakespeare in the Bush


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From:           Ed Taft <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Jan 2000 09:09:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Shakespeare in the Bush

John Briggs asks, "Was Henry V written without any knowledge of French?"
Somewhere in the dark backward and abysm of time I remember reading or
being told that at the time of Henry V's composition (1598-99),
Shakespeare was renting a room from a French family.  Thus, he could
have learned a bit of French rather easily, if he didn't already know
the language.

--Ed Taft

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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Jan 2000 14:28:02 -0500
Subject: 11.0169 Re: Shakespeare in the Bush
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0169 Re: Shakespeare in the Bush

Well, Henry V implies knowledge of about 15 words of French (several of
them dirty, so the first things the audience would know). Someone with
"small Latin" could certainly learn Italian more easily than someone
with none, but it still seems a lot easier for a busy
playwright/businessman to listen to a story than to learn another
language. I know the plot and surprise ending of "The Sixth Sense" even
though I haven't actually seen the movie.

Dana
 

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