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Re: "not well married"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1640  Thursday, 28 June 2001

[1]     From:   John Ramsay <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Jun 2001 12:15:40 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1618 "not well married"

[2]     From:   Philip Weller <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Jun 2001 11:31:33 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1626 Re: "not well married"


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From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Jun 2001 12:15:40 -0400
Subject: 12.1618 "not well married"??
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1618 "not well married"??

>To me it looks like this implies that the longer a woman is married, the
>more likely she is to sin, which seems excessively cynical for the
>context.  It seems more appropriate to Rosalind's teasing of Orlando
>about the waywardness of wives.
>
>So, I have two questions:
>
>1) Is there another way to interpret these lines?
>
>2) Could the statement be a "sentence," a truism which the Friar could
>think would be helpful to the grieving parents?

I think #2 is a valid interpretation.  But as Laurence knows Juliet is
not really dead the actor could play the lines in comic fashion.

John Ramsay

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From:           Philip Weller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Jun 2001 11:31:33 -0700
Subject: 12.1626 Re: "not well married"
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1626 Re: "not well married"

In response to my question, Alexander Houck wrote, "Friar appears to be
telling the Capulets that they should no longer weep for their young
child who has moved on to a better place: heaven.  This reinforces the
second line of the citation where the benefit of her young death is that
she has enjoyed young love and has gone to heaven (since it is not a
suicide)."  If that's the case, has the Friar made a slip?  He's the
only one present who knows that Juliet is married and "has enjoyed young
love."

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