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Rosalind and Celia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0179  Thursday, 25 January 2001

From:           John Marwick <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Jan 2001 20:04:05 +1300
Subject:        Rosalind and Celia

Some weeks ago I wrote to the list asking about Orlando and whether one
might play it with him guessing who Ganymede really is.  This started
some interesting discussion that has now focused on Rosalind's
attraction to Orlando in the first place.

I have now just started rehearsals for our staged reading and forwarded
these comments to our Rosalind.  She has just responded with:

"Oh God.  I think I feel a headache coming on.  Actually, and because I
don't yet know Orlando well enough to let myself think too much about
this, I think the whole Celia-Ros thing is stranger than the Orlando-Ros
thing.  I know of no woman, were she not in love, who would be so
willing to sacrifice everything - from birthright to bonk - for another
woman.  My take is that she would have to be in love either with the
other woman, or with someone else, the latter relationship rendering
everything associated with the former unimportant.  Odd."

I'd be interested to hear responses to this.  How strong, and of what
nature, is the Celia-Ros bond. Love, lust, close friendship, duty? Of
course our current responses may not be the same as in Shakespeare's day
- but I'm not giving the audience any visual clues about Elizabethan
setting or dress so I really want to find characters that make sense to
a modern audience.  Someone has suggested that the Celia-Ros thing is an
immature bond - and that both women later find out about a more mature
relationship.  I'm not sure whether there's enough in the text to back
that up - especially when Celia falls for Oliver.

John Marwick
 

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