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Re: Merchant
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2463  Friday, 26 October 2001

[1]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Oct 2001 09:11:28 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2448 Merchant

[2]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Oct 2001 12:30:16 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2445 Re: Leah and Merchant


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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Oct 2001 09:11:28 +0000
Subject: 12.2448 Merchant
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2448 Merchant

Norbert Kentrup gave an interesting Shylock at the Globe 3 years back
having only started to learn English in earnest in 1996. Details are at
Around the Globe, Vol 8, pp 22-24. (This magazine does not appear to be
on-line so the Globe may be missing a trick if my search engines are to
be relied upon.)

Also, Phillip Voss reached some points of perfection with the RSC in the
role about (?) 4 seasons ago.

I mention these because critical attention about the productions focused
predominantly on the singular role and (obsessively) continues to be a
feature of this play's reception.

Best wishes,
Graham Hall

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Oct 2001 12:30:16 +0100
Subject: 12.2445 Re: Leah and Merchant
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2445 Re: Leah and Merchant

Louis Swilley writes,

> " Stephen Orgel's plenary paper "Shylock's tribe" at the Seventh World
> Shakespeare Congress in Valencia on 22 April 2001 offered ...[that] we
> are to infer that Antonio is already a known bad risk  among the
> Christian money lenders, hence his resort to the Jew."
>
> Could Mr. Egan please give us Mr. Orgel's textual reference for such an
> inference?

I understood Orgel to be suggesting that the evidence was Antonio's
going to Shylock. Antonio does appear to assume that he won't get the
money easily:

ANTONIO Therefore go forth -
Try what my credit can in Venice do;
That shall be racked even to the uttermost
To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia.
(MV 1.1.179-82)

That's my example, not Orgel's.

Gabriel Egan

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