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Re: Thesis Problem
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0064  Monday, 15 January 2001

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Jan 2001 09:13:26 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 12.0052 Re: Thesis Problem

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 Jan 2001 22:54:50 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0052 Re: Thesis Problem


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Jan 2001 09:13:26 -0800
Subject: Re: Thesis Problem
Comment:        SHK 12.0052 Re: Thesis Problem

T. Hawkes writes:

> Dear Mike Jensen,

> Judy should certainly not read the article. That would only encourage
> its author and might even incite further effusions.  Breezy dismissal is
> the answer, a stratagem favoured in similar circumstances by Coleridge.
> Beyond that, perhaps your 'friend' has a more deeply seated sense of
> personal unworthiness that needs to be confronted. What pressures have
> impelled 'her' to speak with your voice?  Clamant urgings concerning the
> level of discourse are often a symptom in such cases.

Was there something clever about this I failed to grasp?  Andrew and
Moira, thank you for your helpful answers.  I forwarded them to Judy who
expressed her gratitude.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Jan 2001 22:54:50 -0800
Subject: 12.0052 Re: Thesis Problem
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0052 Re: Thesis Problem

Terence Hawkes writes:

>Judy should certainly not read the article. That would only encourage
>its author and might even incite further effusions.  Breezy dismissal is
>the answer, a stratagem favoured in similar circumstances by Coleridge.

And by you, referring to Johnson or most other topics, it would seem.

>Beyond that, perhaps your 'friend' has a more deeply seated sense of
>personal unworthiness that needs to be confronted. What pressures have
>impelled 'her' to speak with your voice?  Clamant urgings concerning the
>level of discourse are often a symptom in such cases.

And painstakingly avoiding a substantive engagement in real issue in
order to make weak jokes at someone else's expense seems a symptom of
something altogether more disturbing, though I must confess that I'm not
sure what.

Cheers,
Se

 

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