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Comedy of Errors
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1928  Thursday, 19 September 2002

From:           Matthew Cheung <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Sep 2002 06:14:14 +0000
Subject:        Comedy of Errors

Hi everyone. I just read Comedy of Errors and was wondering about one of
the Duke's remarks at the end of the play. In 5.1.333-335 he wonders if
one of the Antipholi is a ghost, an attendant spirit of the other.  Does
anyone know much about these "genius" spirits he's speaking of?  Is
Shakespeare trying to set up a dichotomy between the Antipholi, one
being worldly and the other spiritual? Or is it just supposed to be a
scary comment on identity, that only one Antipholus is real and the
other completely hollow.  Can there only be one Antipholus? Sounds like
the tagline to those "Highlander" movies -- there can be only one.

Thanks,
Matt

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