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Seeing Things
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1074  Saturday, 20 April 2002

From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Apr 2002 13:07:09 -0400
Subject:        Seeing Things

What fraction of an average audience at Shakespeare's Globe would -by
their standards- have required spectacles in order satisfactorily to
watch a play?  Would capacities of vision in adults be likely to change
at the same rate and to the same degree then as now? What percentage of
early modern playgoers would, by our standards, be judged to have
impaired hearing and/or imperfect vision? Any and all information,
comments, exhortations or guesses gratefully received.

T. Hawkes

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