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Re: Major Clerical Characters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1943  Tuesay, 24 September 2002

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Sep 2002 09:51:57 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters

[2]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Sep 2002 21:50:21 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters

[3]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 24 Sep 2002 02:17:39 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters


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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Sep 2002 09:51:57 -0500
Subject: 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters

>Cantrell said, None of Shakespeare's plays are set in present-day
>England ...or in any other Protestant place and time.

Misattributed, Not I said the duck. I may have snipped it out of someone
else's post. I have often wondered why more is not made of the four
repetitions of "Wittenberg" in Hamlet and the strong associations that
these soundings seem to call up. Olivier cut two of them, and in other
productions the  word is delivered in such a was as to make you think
peas&carrots.

p.s. All the plays seem to be peopled by lost, wandering Englishpersons
in vaguely English places with exotic names.

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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Sep 2002 21:50:21 -0400
Subject: 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters

From:           H. David Friedberg <
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>Cantrell said,

I did, actually.

>None of Shakespeare's plays are set in present-day
>England ...or in any other Protestant place and time.

>How about Hamlet???

The historic time of Hamlet antedates Martin Luther by half a
millennium.  (And Hamlet, as no other play of Shakespeare's does,
actually suggests the truth of a specifically RC doctrine.)

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 24 Sep 2002 02:17:39 +0800
Subject: 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1933 Re: Major Clerical Characters

H. David Friedberg cites Cantrell to the effect that

>None of Shakespeare's plays are set in present-day
>England ...or in any other Protestant place and time.

And suggests that _Hamlet_ is.  I would probably disagree, since it
takes place in a previous point in Denmark's history, where there's
still a Danegeld (right word?) and a "churlish Priest" buries Ophelia,
arguing that "We should prophane the seruice of the dead; / To sing a
Requiem and such rest to her / As to peace-parted soules."

You might, though, want to consider Merry Wives, where the major
clerical figure is Parson Hugh.

Cheers,
Sean.

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