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Re: MND Tops Survey
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2707  Friday, 30 November 2001

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Nov 2001 13:59:33 -0000
Subject: 12.2686 Re: MND Tops Survey
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2686 Re: MND Tops Survey

The Sam Small writing seminar starts up again:

> It is an old screenwriting adage that "if a scene is
> about what the scene is about you are in deep trouble".
> Writers of experience know that sub text is sometimes
> never obvious and that telling an audience clearly what
> you mean at every turn will bore them out of the theatre
> in droves. I am sure Shakespeare applied this tenant to
> the whole of R&J.

If my lunch is my lunch, am I in trouble too? The verb "to be" here
displays the full metaphysical subtlety of the verb "to do" in the
jingle "Only Oxo does what only Oxo can". Let us pass over in silence
the exquisite childishness of "sometimes never" and the applying of
luckless tenants to dirty our hands in those matters which the dogged
realists still insist on calling history:

> But remember, 40 years later - and in complete ignorance of the
> message of R&J - England tore itself apart in a civil war between
> two "families"

Alas, I forgot. Which families, Sam? Luckily, father and son never found
themselves on different sides, I suppose.

Gabriel Egan

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