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Re: Merchant of Venice
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0883  Friday, 21 April 2000.

From:           John Savage <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Apr 2000 17:07:30 -0400
Subject: Re: Merchant of Venice
Comment:        SHK 11.0850 Re: Merchant of Venice

><<And hold your fortune for your briss
<<Turn you where your lady is
<<And claim her with a loving kiss

>>Although I have dutifully read James Shapiro on circumcision in Merchant
of Venice (113-130), I am missing this point.   Judy Craig  <<

By now you must have been informed that it was a typo; the word should
have been "bliss."  "Briss" means circumcision.  (Some pronounce it
"brit," but that is a circumcision performed in England.)

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