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Another Midsummer Query
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2533  Friday, 2 November 2001

From:           Paul Swanson <
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Date:           Thursday, 01 Nov 2001 11:15:27 -0600
Subject:        Another Midsummer Query

I have another Midsummer Query, one that is probably obvious but I have
just missed somewhere.

How do we interpret Lysander's statement that "Demetrius, I'll avouch it
to his head / Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena / And won her soul"
(1.1.106-108) in light of the fact that Demetrius' statement about "the
rich worth of (Helena's) virginity" (2.1.219)?

In other words, at the risk of making my masculinity vulnerable, what
does "made love" mean in 1.1?

Paul Swanson

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