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Re: Actors' Additions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2490  Monday, 29 October 2001

From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Oct 2001 13:26:50 -0500
Subject: 12.2472 Re: Actors' Additions
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2472 Re: Actors' Additions

> From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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> I found what might be interpreted as an actor's addition in Troilus and
> Cressida. I give the Q version:
>
> Pan: Here, here, here he comes, a sweete ducks.
> Cres. Oh Troilus, Troilus.

May I suggest, hesitantly, that this might be intended to be an
overlap?  Even today -- and writers today use overlaps frequently,
sometimes for entire scenes, as Churchill does in the powerful finale of
TOP GIRLS-- it is very difficult to notate the way one hears dialogue
overlap in counterpoint in one's head so that the actors will be able to
deliver it with the effect of a sung duet. Cressida begins "O Troilus"
as soon as she spots him, probably after the 2nd "here", and lengthens
the "oi" sounds, while Pandarus takes an unnotated catch breath rest
before "sweet ducks", so that the lines finish together.

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