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Imperfect Seers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1100  Monday, 22 April 2002

From:           Lisa Hopkins <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Apr 2002 10:03:24 +0100
Subject:        Imperfect Seers

A propos of Terence Hawkes' question about vision defects, I don't have
any of the information he wants, but I did go to a conference on Early
Modern Ghosts at Durham last year where someone mentioned that she had
been seeing a ghost for most of the previous summer.  It moved wherever
she did and she could always see a spectral presence out of the corner
of her eye.  Eventually someone recommended a visit to an optician,
peripheral vision disorder was diagnosed and treated, and the supposed
ghost duly vanished.  As someone who has worn glasses since I was eight
years old, I do wonder what kind of world I would think I inhabited
without them.

Lisa Hopkins
Sheffield Hallam University

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