The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1321 Friday, 1 June 2001
Date: Thursday, 31 May 2001 12:25:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Camillo and Paulina
Just a query for general comment from the list. I am currently in
rehearsal for "Winter's Tale" with Shakespeare & Company (MN), and I am
debating how to play the final betrothal of Camillo to Paulina. Leontes
"O, peace, Paulina!
Thou shouldst a husband take by my consent,
As I by thine a wife: this is a match,
And made between's by vows. Thou hast found mine;
But how, is to be question'd; for I saw her,
As I thought, dead, and have in vain said many
A prayer upon her grave. I'll not seek far--
For him, I partly know his mind--to find thee
An honourable husband. Come, Camillo,
And take her by the hand, whose worth and honesty
Is richly noted and here justified
By us, a pair of kings."
The question that keeps running around in my head is: "How does Leontes
know ("...For him, I partly know his mind...") that Camillo has a desire
to wed Paulina?" How does one reconcile that within the play, and
attempt to make this scene seem less "out of the blue"?
Interested to see what people think.
Thanks in advance.
Shakespeare & Company
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