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Re: Antonio in TN
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1384  Wednesday, 12 July 2000.

[1]     From:   Abigail Quart <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jul 2000 12:02:53 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1381 Antonio in TN

[2]     From:   David M Richman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jul 2000 13:26:52 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1381 Antonio in TN

[3]     From:   Alec Wild <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jul 2000 18:23:01 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1381 Antonio in TN

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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jul 2000 23:02:06 EDT
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From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jul 2000 12:02:53 -0400
Subject: 11.1381 Antonio in TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1381 Antonio in TN

"I'm collecting opinions on how Antonio entered the story in TN.  Was he
on the ship?  Was he on the shore and rescued Sebastian by being at the
right place at the right time? "

Third possibility: Antonio was on another ship which was not wrecked,
and rescued Sebastian mid-sea. The ship put into port for whatever
business, and Antonio, like a tantony pig, follows Sebastian unwisely
onto land.

A ship can't have two captains, and Viola washed ashore with hers,
didn't she?

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From:           David M Richman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jul 2000 13:26:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 11.1381 Antonio in TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1381 Antonio in TN

I believe one must make some deduction as to Antonio's entrance into the
story.  In theatrical deduction, such deduction is allowable.  Viola, it
will be recalled, is saved on the ship's boat.  Sebastian, Arion-like,
must swim to safety, and is described doing so by the nameless sea
captain.  Presumably, (it is a reasonable presumption) Antonio, captain
of his own ship, plucks Sebastian "a wreck past hope" from the waves.
By coincidence permissible in romantic comedy, Sebastian puts ashore at
Illyria with his captain at about the same time Viola puts ashore in
Illyria with hers.  (Actually, Sebastian's arrival in Illyria is a
little later than Viola's.)  Speculatively yours, David Richman

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From:           Alec Wild <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jul 2000 18:23:01 -0700
Subject: 11.1381 Antonio in TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1381 Antonio in TN

Mike,

This was a question we addressed when I directed this play at Yale. I
used the Folio text, which indicated only that Antonio took Sebastian
"from the breach of the sea," and "snatched" him "one half out of the
jaws of death." Orsino identifies Antonio as the captain of a "bawbling
vessel," which led the actors and I to decide that Antonio was on his
own ship somewhere off the Illyrian coast, and that he pulled Sebastian
from the water then.

Cheers,
Alec Wild.

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From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jul 2000 23:02:06 EDT
Subject: 11.1381 Antonio in TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1381 Antonio in TN

Since I always seem to fill in chunks of the story not there but somehow
needed, I make up the details that Antonio is the captain of _another_
ship that happens to rescue Sebastian.  Following my fantasy, Antonio
puts himself and Sebastian ashore and accompanies him towards the (for
Antonio) dangerous city.   Why?  After Sebastian's shipwreck, Antonio
wants to ease the post-traumatic stress on the lovely boy.

The other ship possibility here is a little like the two different
rescuing vessels for the twins in C of E.

Ah, the costs of rescuing . . . .

Joys,
Steve Urescuwitz
 

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