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Re: Henry IV (part I) V.iv.11-13
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2560  Thursday, 7 November 2001

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 06 Nov 2001 08:51:41 -0800
Subject: 12.2553 Re: Henry IV (part I) V.iv.11-13
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2553 Re: Henry IV (part I) V.iv.11-13

Mary Jane Miller suggests that

>All of the productions I have ever seen show it [Hal's injury, near the
>end of part one]
>as a face or head wound which has already stopped bleeding. He needs to
>catch his breath -- but why would we not take him at his word that it is
>not serious.

I'm wondering if the 'scratch' in production stems from a reading of the
play by directors, actors, make-up artists, et al., or just the fact
that it's really hard to depict anything greater than a scratch and less
than a life-threatening wound.  Do the techniques of stage make up allow
for ambiguity?

Cheers,
Se

 

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