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Re: Hermit Dress
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1452  Wednesday, 29 May 2002

[1]     From:   Markus Marti <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 May 2002 16:00:34 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1439 Hermit Dress

[2]     From:   John Ramsay <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 May 2002 13:28:54 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1439 Hermit Dress


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From:           Markus Marti <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 May 2002 16:00:34 +0100
Subject: 13.1439 Hermit Dress
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1439 Hermit Dress

>In the stage direction that opens 4.3 of Marston's *The Malcontent,* we
>find this:
>
>Enter MALEVOE, and PIETRO disguised like an hermit.
>
>Does anyone know what this disguise might look like?  Dessen and
>Thompson's superb *Dictionary* has a helpful entry on disguises and
>mentions this s.d., but does not go into detail about what might signal
>that Pietro looks like a hermit.

In "The Merry Devil of Edmonton" Peter Fabell (=the merry devil)
pretends to be "father Hildersome", "a hermit" / "friar" / "father" (all
three words occur). This happens offstage, but his friend, Raymond
Mounchensey, appears then as his supposed novice Benedict  ("Enter Sir
Arthur Clare, and Raymond Mounchensey like a Frier").

The habits of monks (in this case of Benedictines) have hoods (cowls)
that can easily be used to hide a person's face.

Markus Marti
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From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 May 2002 13:28:54 -0400
Subject: 13.1439 Hermit Dress
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1439 Hermit Dress

Likeliest disguise for a hermit would be a hairshirt. If the scene is
comic it should be a particularly itchy garment.

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