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Re: Cuckolds
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0814  Monday, 17 April 2000.

From:           Nicolas Pullin <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Apr 2000 10:35:06 -0500
Subject: Re: Cuckolds
Comment:        SHK 11.0771 Re: Cuckolds

In reply to Carol Barton:

Am I being thick, but what cuckolding happens in "Hamlet"? Are you
referring to the possible pre-marital affair between Claudius and
Gertrude, which appears nowhere in the text? or some other  liaison?  In
Lear I can see there is far more possibility for Edmund's affair with
Goneril, though being "contracted" to them both does not necessarily
signify, since the "treason" with which Albany confronts them is a
possible plot against his own life in an attempt to remove him, just as
Cornwall is removed.  The only evidence we do see is Goneril's
preferment on the field.  Sexual congress may be wished for but not yet
achieved.

Again--I may be being exceptionally thick here--so excuse any naivete.
 

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