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Re: Authorial Intention
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0318  Tuesday, 5 February 2002

From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Feb 2002 11:16:00 -0500
Subject: 13.0305 Re: Authorial Intention
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0305 Re: Authorial Intention

> From:           Brandon Toropov <
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>this passage "forced" an intended
>"stage direction" on the company by means of a spoken line.)
>
> BANQUO: You seem to understand me,
> By each at once her choppy finger laying
> Upon her skinny lips. (MACBETH, I, ii, 43-45)
>
>1) Do people agree that this strategy is likely to have been used by
>Shakespeare to ensure that scenes were blocked *as he intended*

Quite possibly.  But it might have another function, too: making sure
that this image was in the mind's eye of the audience members, even if
it didn't enter their field of vision.  First, one hears better than one
sees in "classic' theatre.  No spotlights, obstructed sightlines.  A
finger on the lips is a small gesture.  And which characters are facing
front, where their gestures have the best chance of being seen? Macbeth
is presumably upstage center.

Geralyn Horton
http://www.stagepage.org

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