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Jacobean Dess
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0548  Friday, 24 March 2000.

From:          Ed Kranz <
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Date:           Monday 20 Mar 2000 20:36:34 -0500
Subject:      Jacobean Dess

Someone has suggested to me that Lear's comment ActV Sc3line311 "Pray
you, undo this button." can be read sexually i.e. that the button
referred to could be construed as a button fly. I not only find this
patently absurd in the context but an anachronism as well since I do not
believe Jacobean costume would have had a button fly. Can anyone shed
any light on this? Does anyone know if they had button flies in Jacobean
England?

Ed Kranz

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