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Re: Ariel's Gender
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0952  Thursday, 26 April 2001

[1]     From:   Florence Amit <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 Apr 2001 10:41:56 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0914 Re: Ariel's Gender

[2]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 Apr 2001 13:26:11 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0914 Re: Ariel's Gender


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From:           Florence Amit <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Apr 2001 10:41:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.0914 Re: Ariel's Gender
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0914 Re: Ariel's Gender

Ariel is the name of a seraph. It means God's lion - without gender, I
would say.

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Apr 2001 13:26:11 +0100
Subject: 12.0914 Re: Ariel's Gender
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0914 Re: Ariel's Gender

Markus Marti wrote

>There are not many plays in F in which the "Names of the Actors"
>appear, and in these few cases they are always added at the end
>of the play. Probably these lists were just hastily put together by the
>printers (e.g.  to fill some awkward empty space on the remaining
>page).

The one for Measure for Measure could not have been "hastily put
together" from the script as printed since the playscript does not give
the Duke's first name, Vincentio. However, if I understood him right,
Gary Taylor thinks that the first lines were originally:

DUKE Escalus
ESCALUS My lord Vincentio

Taylor thinks that when all the references to Ferrara as the location
were changed to Vienna, the word Vincentio was deleted leaving the
part-line in F. Nowhere else in the script was his name mentioned. Crane
could read the deleted word Vincentio and although he obeyed the
instruction to omit it, he used the knowledge it gave to write the
dramatis personae. Taylor's paper at the World Shakespeare Congress was
about why Vienna would have meant nothing to the audience of the first
performances--and hence was not what Shakespeare wrote--but would have
meant much in the late 1610s when the Middleton additions and
alterations were made.

Gabriel Egan

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