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Re: Welsh etc.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0276  Tuesday, 6 February 2001

[1]     From:   Edmond Taft<
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        Date:   Monday, 05 Feb 2001 10:35:47 -0500
        Subj:   Welsh in _Henry IV_

[2]     From:   Richard Regan <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Feb 2001 23:33:25 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0256 Re: Welsh etc.

[3]     From:   Werner Broennimann <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 06 Feb 2001 09:31:11 +0000
        Subj:   Welsh


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From:           Edmond Taft<
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Date:           Monday, 05 Feb 2001 10:35:47 -0500
Subject:        Welsh in _Henry IV_

J.C. Trewin once remarked that he could not watch the episode between
Hal and Francis in Part 1 without losing all sympathy for Hal.  He did
not say why he felt this way, but I suspect that his feelings derive
from Hal's demonstration that he can manipulate the poor drawer to the
point where he is literally turning around in circles and going nowhere.

Now, Francis is a kind of everyman isn't he? -- just like most of us in
the audience, a poor working stiff whose only crime is that he had a
beer with the prince.  So isn't the Francis episode a demonstration of
Hal's earlier claim that he "knows us all"?  His soliloquy at the end of
1.2 is about manipulating us and making us like it, isn't it?

--Ed Taft

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From:           Richard Regan <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Feb 2001 23:33:25 EST
Subject: 12.0256 Re: Welsh etc.
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0256 Re: Welsh etc.

How about the several dialects of Edgar in King Lear? What actor did
Shakespeare have in mind for that versatile performance? And does Kent
change his voice?

Richard Regan
Fairfield University

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From:           Werner Broennimann <
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Date:           Tuesday, 06 Feb 2001 09:31:11 +0000
Subject:        Welsh

D. Chapman asks, with a strong Welsh accent, "Nez pas?"  Nice macaronic
gambit, using the much neglected forensic ploy of argumentum ab naso
suspendente.  Mate, cheers, WB
 

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