The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1197 Tuesday, 30 April 2002
Date: Monday, 29 Apr 2002 14:04:19 -0700
Subject: 13.1180 Questions on Much Ado About Nothing
Comment: Re: SHK 13.1180 Questions on Much Ado About Nothing
Some thoughts on question one. The only sin Conrade is guilty of is
hearing Borachio describe his success. It seems in harmony with the
play that Conrade's crime is simply that he "hears" Borachio, given the
amount of 'noting' that goes on, and overhearing that takes place.
Conrade says "I am a Gentlemen" and Borachio clearly is not...he is
"entertained for a perfumer". I think part of the scene between Conrade
and Borachio before they are arrested touches on this difference of
As for Conrade in Act V, I know that he is currently appearing in the
Act V, of the production at The Pearl Theatre in New York Off Broady
Equity Run. The textual support for this comes from Don Pedro's "Two of
my brother's men bound? Borachio one?" and "Who have you offended,
masters...?" and the fact that Dog. and Don Pedro speak of "they" all
through the opening of V.i. It only makes sense that Conrade is the
other prisoner. Hope this is of use.
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