The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1585 Friday, 25 August 2000.
Date: Thursday, 24 Aug 2000 13:34:38 -0400
Subject: 11.1575 Re: Cymbeline
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1575 Re: Cymbeline
Terence Hawkes writes:
>Second Gentleman: You speak him far.
> I do extend him, sir, within himself,
> Crush him together rather than, unfold
> His measure duly.
> (1. 1. 24 - 27)
><Is this 'wonderfully sharp, polished . . . writing '? It strikes me
>as over-elaborate, strained and clumsy.
I interpret these lines as an example of two courtiers being elaborately
courteous. Yes, the imagery is "strained," but not necessarily clumsy.
It is, dear Terence, appropriate to the speakers. I there a partial pun