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Re: Hermia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2792  Monday, 10 December 2001

From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Saturday, 8 Dec 2001 13:01:11 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.2779 Re: Hermia
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2779 Re: Hermia

> Shakespeare seemed to prefer mellifluous names,
> which may be why
> Macbeth's wife is Lady Macbeth and not Gruoch.

Actually, she is never referred to by the appellation Lady Macbeth. Nor,
I am told by Pamela Mason, do the early texts refer to her as Lady
Macbeth. There are three different variations of her designation as a
speech header. She is even called Macbeth's Lady but interestingly
enough never Lady Macbeth. It appears to be an early editor's invention.

Brian Willis

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