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Re: One Query about R&J
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1382  Wednesday, 6 June 2001

[1]     From:   Susan St. John <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 05 Jun 2001 08:11:22 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1363 One Query about R&J

[2]     From:   Terri Bourus <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Jun 2001 12:14:29 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1363 One Query about R&J

[3]     From:   Pervez Rizvi <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Jun 2001 11:52:16 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.1374 Re: One Query about R&J


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From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Tuesday, 05 Jun 2001 08:11:22 -0700
Subject: 12.1363 One Query about R&J
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1363 One Query about R&J

>Has anyone a clue to what Old Capulet means when he invites Paris to
>view the beauties of the town, including Juliet:
>
>Which on more view of many, mine, being one,
> May stand in number, though in reck'ning none. (R&J 1.2.32-33)

He's saying, "Come to our party...we've invited all the pretty girls in
town, but when you see them altogether, you'll see that my Juliet is the
prettiest!  She stands out from all the rest."

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From:           Terri Bourus <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Jun 2001 12:14:29 EDT
Subject: 12.1363 One Query about R&J
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1363 One Query about R&J

Steve Sohmer asks about this couplet:

      Which on more view of many, mine, being one,
      May stand in number, though in reck'ning none. (R&J 1.2.32-33)

I take it to mean:

      There will be many pretty women here tonight, and my daughter will
be
      one of them. Although one might think she is just a face in the
crowd,
      you will see how she stands out among them. (None can compare).

Terri Bourus

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From:           Pervez Rizvi <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Jun 2001 11:52:16 +0100
Subject: 12.1374 Re: One Query about R&J
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.1374 Re: One Query about R&J

The lines from R&J:

............mine, being one,
May stand in number, though in reck'ning none.

may be compared with Isabella's:

............Our compelled sins
Stand more for number than for account.
           (Measure for Measure, 2.4.57-8)

The sense in both passages seems to be that lots of things may stand
together to make up the numbers, but some are not reckoned, i.e. taken
into account. That would mean that Capulet is here putting on some pro
forma modesty on behalf of Juliet.

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