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Re: Our cold maids
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0260  Saturday, 5 February 2001

[1]     From:   Alan Pierpoint <
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        Date:   Friday, 02 Feb 2001 12:53:26 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0242 Re: Our cold maids

[2]     From:   Laura Blankenship <
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        Date:   Saturday, 03 Feb 2001 11:29:17 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0242 Re: Our cold maids


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From:           Alan Pierpoint <
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Date:           Friday, 02 Feb 2001 12:53:26 EST
Subject: 12.0242 Re: Our cold maids
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0242 Re: Our cold maids

I know of no such reference in Shakespeare, but if a contemporary
reference might be of help, Spenser's Sonnet #30 from Amoretti, that
begins "My love is like to ice, and I to fire"  builds the idea of male
"heat" into a paradox:  in contrast to nature, the hotter he gets, the
colder she gets, to the point where love over-rides the laws of nature.
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Alan Pierpoint

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From:           Laura Blankenship <
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Date:           Saturday, 03 Feb 2001 11:29:17 -0600
Subject: 12.0242 Re: Our cold maids
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0242 Re: Our cold maids

Isn't there a reference in Othello about Desdemona's hand being too
hot--an indication that her usually cold temperature has been heated by
sex with another man?  I don't have my text with me, but I believe Iago
makes this comment fairly early in the play.

Laura Blankenship
 

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