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Re: Edgar and Edmund
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1031  Monday, 15 April 2002

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Apr 2002 12:23:17 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1015 Re: Edgar and Edmund

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Saturday, 13 Apr 2002 13:12:27 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1015 Re: Edgar and Edmund


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Apr 2002 12:23:17 -0400
Subject: 13.1015 Re: Edgar and Edmund
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1015 Re: Edgar and Edmund

I hope Ed Taft is only being provocative.  If Edgar is eager for his
father to die he has only to let Oswald do the killing for him-"The
sword is out / That must destroy thee"- rather than risking his own life
to defend the helpless old man; his "revenge" on Edmund is also and
perhaps primarily a defense of a legitimate prince against a plot
substantiated by written evidence (what happens to the duel if Edmund
acknowledges the truth of the anonymous challenger's charge of
treachery?).  "Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say" recalls not
Lear but Cordelia (first clause) and then Goneril and Regan (second
clause).

David Evett

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Saturday, 13 Apr 2002 13:12:27 +0100
Subject: 13.1015 Re: Edgar and Edmund
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1015 Re: Edgar and Edmund

Annalisa Castaldo (who is blessed with an uncommonly beautiful name),
judiciously reminds us "that it is only in the Folio that Edgar has the
final speech - in the Quarto, it is Albany who has those sentiments". I
go with the Quarto reading every time on this one: Albany, after all, is
about to succeed to the throne of Britain, so it is right that he should
get the last word in the play. It also draws attention to the
difficulties of that succession - on of the most important political
themes in "King Lear".

m

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