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Re: Replacement for Devil's Horn
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0462  Monday, 18 February 2002

[1]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Saturday, 16 Feb 2002 12:23:05 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0441 Replacement for Devil's Horn

[2]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Saturday, 16 Feb 2002 23:04:33 -0600
        Subj:   The Devil's Horn


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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Saturday, 16 Feb 2002 12:23:05 -0000
Subject: 13.0441 Replacement for Devil's Horn
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0441 Replacement for Devil's Horn

I think I agree with you, Bill.

"Let's write Good Angell on the Devill's horn, / 'Tis not the Devill's
Crest" surely means, "Were we to write 'good angel' on the devil's horn,
that would not make 'good angel' the true motto for the devil's crest."
It's about appearance and reality, as you state in your note in SQ.
Shakespeare has Juliet say something similar - "a rose by any other name
would smell as sweet"; or, in other words, "Let's write 'Venus fly-trap'
on the rose's thorn, / Rotting meat is not the rose's smell".

m

(non Angeli sed Angli)

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Saturday, 16 Feb 2002 23:04:33 -0600
Subject:        The Devil's Horn

Register me as coming down solidly on the Godshalk side of this case.

The whole business of angels in the play as focused on Angelo's name is
of central importance.  Angelo, suitably to his name, wants
hybristically to rise to a realm where disembodied Angels preside and in
which no passion and no sexuality are present.  The events of the play
teach him that there is no escaping our human sexuality. Lucio and
Pompey both have speeches about the fundamental role of sex in human
makeup.  Pompey 2.1.237-39  "If you head and hang all that offend that
[sexual] way but for ten year together, you'll be glad to give out a
commission for new heads."  Lucio 3.2.100-101.  "It is impossible to
extirp it [lechery] quite, Friar, till eating and drinking be put down."

JWV

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