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Re: Tempest, Renaissance Education and Chess
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0793  Monday, 9 April 2001

[1]     From:   Andrew W. White <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Apr 2001 10:23:03 -0400
        Subj:   Tempest, Renaissance Education and Chess

[2]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Apr 2001 09:16:35 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0779 Re: Tempest, Renaissance Education and Chess


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From:           Andrew W. White <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Apr 2001 10:23:03 -0400
Subject:        Tempest, Renaissance Education and Chess

Um, perhaps this is projecting a bit too much onto these Renaissance
teenagers, but what usually pops into my mind when a parent draws near,
and two love-birds are discovered playing chess of all things, is that
the couple have set us up.  Didn't those two have better things to do
with their time alone than play chess?  Then again, why on earth would
they let on that they were doing anything but play chess?  Can't help
there's a double-meaning to Miranda's line about not playing fair... no
disrespect to those who seek deeper meaning in this bit, but I wonder
whether it's depth that's called for in reconciliation scenes like this.
. . (think of Henry V's "here comes your father...")

Andy White

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From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Apr 2001 09:16:35 -0700
Subject: 12.0779 Re: Tempest, Renaissance Education and Chess
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0779 Re: Tempest, Renaissance Education and Chess

An interesting insight I just happened across last night, in Robert
Nye's novel "The Late Mr. Shakespeare":

The narrator (a contemporary and cohort of Will's, writing in the 1660s)
surmises from the paucity of chess references in the plays that
Shakespeare was unfamiliar with the game. He buttresses that with the
observance that Miranda accuses Ferdinand of cheating. As he points out,
it's pretty much impossible to cheat at chess.

FWIW...

Steve
http://princehamlet.com

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