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Re: Edgar and Edmund
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2361  Friday, 29 November 2002

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Nov 2002 13:06:59 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 13.2344 Re: Edgar and Edmund

[2]     From:   Jhoanna Aberia <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Nov 2002 06:35:12 +0000
        Subj:   Edmund and Edgar


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Nov 2002 13:06:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Edgar and Edmund
Comment:        SHK 13.2344 Re: Edgar and Edmund

If Carol Barton and Ed Taft are to continue their analysis of Cordelia's
real motivation in such detail, then may I once again suggest to them
that Mrs Lear's continued absence is a crucial factor. It's not as if we
were ignorant of that poor, driven woman's unfortunate habits. The
business with the map cruelly reflects some of them.  Certainly 'Lalage'
(her street name) has a good deal to answer for, as her social worker's
report indicates.  Ms Barton and Mr Taft's refusal to take account of
such matters is beginning to seem wilful.

Terence Hawkes
The Bradley Lounge
The Critical Theory Workshop Experimental Studio Rehearsal Space

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From:           Jhoanna Aberia <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Nov 2002 06:35:12 +0000
Subject:        Edmund and Edgar

Roy Flannagan asks:

"And why does he act like an older brother?"

I'm not sure that I would attribute Edmund's behavior to that of an
older brother, at least in terms of publicly dominating Edgar.
Calculating and manipulative, yes, but he doesn't out and out order his
brother to leave the kingdom in 1.2.  Instead he couches his words to
Edgar as advice ("Pray you, have a continent forbearance..." and
"Brother, I advise you to the best.").  He remains outwardly respectful
to Edgar, calling him "O sir" in 2.1.  Edmund's cunning is in his
knowledge of how to apply pressure to achieve his goals without
divulging his agenda.  He is almost chameleon-like in his ability and
willingness to alter himself for his "business," changing his manner to
appeal to whomever he's addressing.

Jhoanna Aberia

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