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Re: The Strumpet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2320  Friday, 22 November 2002

[1]     From:   Franklin J. Hildy <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Nov 2002 12:08:02 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2308 Re: The Strumpet

[2]     From:   Michael B. Luskin <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Nov 2002 12:15:41 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2308 Re: The Strumpet

[3]     From:   Tom Bishop <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Nov 2002 12:19:11 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2308 Re: The Strumpet

[4]     From:   Matthew Cheung <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Nov 2002 22:27:35 +0000
        Subj:   Strumpet


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From:           Franklin J. Hildy <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Nov 2002 12:08:02 -0500
Subject: 13.2308 Re: the Strumpet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2308 Re: the Strumpet

Don:

Please send me a copy of your book right away.  Does anyone know where I
could get a strumpet to play upon?  How long does it take to learn the
proper fingering of a strumpet?  Our production of R&J is next March and
I would like to have a strumpet or two in the show. My thanks to you and
Tom for this enlightening exchange on strumpets and strumpeting.

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From:           Michael B. Luskin <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Nov 2002 12:15:41 EST
Subject: 13.2308 Re: the Strumpet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2308 Re: the Strumpet

>especially
>since the instrument seems to have gone the way of the serpent and the
>hardart

The strumpet is often seen in the company of the horn and hardart.

Michael B. Luskin

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From:           Tom Bishop <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Nov 2002 12:19:11 -0500
Subject: 13.2308 Re: the Strumpet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2308 Re: the Strumpet

Alan Somerset:

>The meaning of "strumpet" as a musical instrument, suggested by
>Tom Bishop, is unrecorded in OED, so I'm suspicious, unless some
>literary usages can be adduced.

Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress Pt 2:

"So he passed over, and all the strumpets sounded for him on the other
side."

TB

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From:           Matthew Cheung <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Nov 2002 22:27:35 +0000
Subject:        Strumpet

Hello everyone.  Thanks for the insight into the origin of strumpet, but
doesn't it also mean prostitute?  Hamlet calls Fortune a strumpet in Act
2 when he's with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and again when he's with
Polonius.  So how did we get from a musical instrument to prostitute?
Forgive me if this question seems elementary, but I'm young.

Matt

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