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Re: Pessimism in Lear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0927  Wednesday, 3 April 2002

From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 13:02:23 -0600
Subject: 13.0901 Re: Pessimism in Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0901 Re: Pessimism in Lear

 Terence Hawkes remarks that

> Martin Steward shares with us the news that, after reading King Lear, '
> I always feel the need to run off to Cymbeline as quickly as possible.'
> Some colleagues may be unfamiliar with this use of the play's title as a
> verb.  It is of course theatrical slang for a process of cathartic
> evacuation.

The inestimable TH again provides a valuable insight -- but can't
someone deconstruct this verb for us? It seems to contain a variety of
alternative readings (symbol, cymbal, and simba for the first part,
e'en, lean, ein and many others for the second). I'd do it myself but
I've forgotten my derrida.

Cheers,
don

PS: Does anyone else feel a great urge to reply "derry-derry-down" when
they hear that name spoken aloud? d.a.b.

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