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Re: Master Slender
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1453  Wednesday, 29 May 2002

[1]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 May 2002 11:11:35 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1437 Master Slender

[2]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 May 2002 16:13:56 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1437 Master Slender


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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 May 2002 11:11:35 -0400
Subject: 13.1437 Master Slender
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1437 Master Slender

Rainbow Saari asked:

>What baffles me most is this; how is it that Master Slender, who is
>supposedly visiting Windsor with his Cousin Master Robert Shallow
>Esquire and who has 'lingered about a match' to Anne Page, has any
>jurisdiction over the students?
>
>Can anyone shed any light on why Slender gets mentioned here?

Whether or not it has autobiographical resonance, it seems plausible
that an educated young man of no great fortune might want to pick up a
few bob by acting as usher in a school.

Dana Shilling

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Date:           Tuesday, 28 May 2002 16:13:56 +0100
Subject: 13.1437 Master Slender
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1437 Master Slender

Giorgio Melchiori's note in his Arden3 edition (2000) is:

" 'asked that the boys be given a holiday' (Hibbard [New Penguin
Shakespeare, 1973]).  Presumably Slender wanted Evans to be free from
his duties as a schoolteacher in order to devote himself to arranging
his match with Anne Page."

T.W. Craik, in his Oxford edition (1990) says "has had the boys given a
holiday. ... Evans's words in F are perhaps meant to be comically
awkward, having the unintended sense 'has allowed the boys to leave off
playing'."

It is probably unnecessary to invoke the later literary tradition of
visiting dignitaries at prize-giving awarding pupils a holiday.

John Briggs

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