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Re: Weird Appropriations
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1214  Friday, 25 May 2001

[1]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 May 2001 07:13:04 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1198 Re: Weird Appropriations

[2]     From:   Douglas M Lanier <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 May 2001 11:47:03 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1198 Re: Weird Appropriations


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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 May 2001 07:13:04 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.1198 Re: Weird Appropriations
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1198 Re: Weird Appropriations

> Note
> that the first
> choice of "baby names" for a boy is Aaron, from
> Titus Andronicus

And if you keep on scrolling, you'll find such inspired baby name
suggestions as Bottom and Butts.  I would have kept going, but I was
beginning to get frightened.

Cheers,
Karen

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From:           Douglas M Lanier <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 May 2001 11:47:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 12.1198 Re: Weird Appropriations
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1198 Re: Weird Appropriations

The link between the RICHARD III citation and sweetheart rings is not a
new development.  I remember seeing at least one late Victorian example,
though I can't put my fingers on the documentation at this moment.
Another example can be found in the comedy BALL OF FIRE (the 1941 Howard
Hawks comedy with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck) in which Professor
Bertram Potts (Cooper) gives Sugarpuss O'Shea (Stanwyck) a ring in which
is inscribed Richard III 1.2.204, at which the Professor goes on to
quote Richard's lines, without any trace of irony.  One nice touch:
when she first sees the inscription, Sugarpuss asks, "Richard ill"?
It's a great screwball comedy, BTW, well worth a rental.  This is, FYI,
the only Shakespearean moment in the film.

Cheers,
Douglas Lanier

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