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Re: Sir Toby, Sebastian, et TN
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2525  Thursday, 1 November 2001

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 20:59:42 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2509 Re: Sir Toby, Sebastian, et TN

[2]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 18:04:49 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 12.2509 Re: Sir Toby, Sebastian, et TN


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 20:59:42 -0000
Subject: 12.2509 Re: Sir Toby, Sebastian, et TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2509 Re: Sir Toby, Sebastian, et TN

Graham Hall attributes the following to me:

> It seems to me very unlikely that the printers of the Folio
> would have printed any of Shakespeare's plays without
> having conversations with those who were directly involved
> in their production (Hemings and Condell, for example)
> or at least with others who had had such conversations

Thomas Larque wrote this and I quoted it to disagree with him. Such
conversations (if they happened) didn't prevent manifest naming errors
in F1.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 18:04:49 -0500
Subject: Re: Sir Toby, Sebastian, et TN
Comment:        SHK 12.2509 Re: Sir Toby, Sebastian, et TN

In spite of Ed Taft's comments,

> ... I will point out that in Olivia's first encounter with
> Sebastian, she says, "Be not offended, dear Cesario -- " (4.1.48).
> Thus, Sebastian knows from the start that this is a case of mistaken
> identity. By rights, I suppose he should clear matters up. Instead, he
> decides NOT to do so and to see how this "dream" will turn out.
>
> It seems fair to say that his decision is motivated by prudence and a
> kind of benign opportunism. But surely it is not motivated by love!

I still can't agree. Sebastian's lack of response to Olivia's Cesario
comment could easily be chalked up to mere bewilderment at the new and
confusing situation (I've seen it done that way, successfully, many
times).  I find it quite easy to accept the "love-at-first-sight"
convention regarding Sebastian.

Paul E. Doniger

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