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Re: The Merchant of Florida
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2180  Tuesday, 28 November 2000

[1]     From:   Jeffrey Myers <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Nov 2000 10:49:50 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida

[2]     From:   Christopher Moore <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Nov 2000 14:42:30 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida

[3]     From:   Tim Perfect <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Nov 2000 20:18:25 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida


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From:           Jeffrey Myers <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Nov 2000 10:49:50 -0500
Subject: 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida

> How about George W as Hal?  Doing lines with Falstaff, driving around
> drunk, and insider trading until his conversion when he rises to the
> occasion of avenging his father on his enemies, putting down the rebel
> Democrats, sending criminals to the chair, and succeeding to
> the throne
> to become the ideal Christian president?

Well, the only problem is that Bush and Cheney aren't nearly smart
enough or articulate enough to be Hal and Falstaff.

Jeff Myers

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From:           Christopher Moore <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Nov 2000 14:42:30 -0800
Subject: 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida

I agree with the George W.  as Hal.  Oddly he seems to match Hal on
several points. As for Gore,  before all the Florida trouble, I noticed
several lines from Gore's speeches that echo or recall Richard III.  A
few of the lines were Gore's "I am my own man"    is Richard's "I am
myself alone"

From a Gore speech in Chicago two days before the election: "I can
smile, and fight for you while I smile." This clearly echoes Richard's
famous lines from Henry VI pt. 3 "Why I can smile and murder while I
smile."

A clip of Gore on the morning after the announcement about Bush's
D.U.I.  showed him at a "prayer breakfast".  There Gore was quoting
scripture to such a great extent that it dawned on me that perhaps he
was "clothing his naked villainy in old odd ends stolen out of holy writ
and seem a saint when most he plays the devil".

Then I began to think about his "image" concerns.  In his own way he has
entertained a score or two of tailors.  There are other elements also,
though I haven't had time to research more speeches.  Now with all this
going on in Florida, I watch in amazement colored by the coincidences I
observed before the election.  Independent of political affiliations,
the coincidences are amazing.  Perhaps Gore has a Shakespeare fan as a
speech writer, but why they would allude to Richard III is beyond me.
I'd like to study more of Gore's speeches to see other lines that recall
Richard.

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Date:           Monday, 27 Nov 2000 20:18:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2164 Re: The Merchant of Florida

Also:

Shall I compare thee to a hanging chad?
Thou art more stable, and thou meaneth more.
A paper square brings news both good and bad
when knocked off cards, or picked up off the floor.
Sometimes too weak the hanging chad is hung,
and often are the corners frayed and torn.
Thus hanging chads are votes that have been sung.
A pregnant chad?  A vote that died unborn.
Yet shall this verdant land be ruled by dots
of paper that are easily misread?
The presidency is not drawn by lots,
but by the wishes of the folk, instead.

If counting votes by hand is all we had,
my stomach's fit to burst with eaten chad.

Ahh, the classics.

Tim Perfect
 

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