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Re: Suicide
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1492  Wednesday, 5 June 2002

[1]     From:   Marvin Rosenberg <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 04 Jun 2002 10:00:17 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1487 Re: Suicide

[2]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Jun 2002 14:03:28 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1487 Re: Suicide

[3]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Jun 2002 09:12:06 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1487 Re: Suicide


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From:           Marvin Rosenberg <
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Date:           Tuesday, 04 Jun 2002 10:00:17 -0700
Subject: 13.1487 Re: Suicide
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1487 Re: Suicide

Many thanks to all who responded to my question about failed suicides in
drama.

I had wondered if there was anything else like Antony's state of mind in
the act.

Cheers!
Marvin

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From:           Clifford Stetner
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Jun 2002 14:03:28 -0400
Subject: 13.1487 Re: Suicide
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1487 Re: Suicide

As Bourbon and Orleans don't appear on the list of the dead (unless
under other titles?) the following might qualify.

Henry V 4.5

DAUPHIN
     O perdurable shame! let's stab ourselves.
     Be these the wretches that we play'd at dice for?
ORLEANS
     Is this the king we sent to for his ransom?
BOURBON
     Shame and eternal shame, nothing but shame!
     Let us die in honour: once more back again;
     And he that will not follow Bourbon now,
     Let him go hence, and with his cap in hand,
     Like a base pander, hold the chamber-door
     Whilst by a slave, no gentler than my dog,
     His fairest daughter is contaminated.
Constable
     Disorder, that hath spoil'd us, friend us now!
     Let us on heaps go offer up our lives.
ORLEANS
     We are enow yet living in the field
     To smother up the English in our throngs,
     If any order might be thought upon.
BOURBON
     The devil take order now! I'll to the throng:
     Let life be short; else shame will be too long.

     Exeunt

4.8
Henry V: The names of those their nobles that lie dead:
     Charles Delabreth, high constable of France;
     Jaques of Chatillon, admiral of France;
     The master of the cross-bows, Lord Rambures;
     Great Master of France, the brave Sir Guichard Dolphin,
     John Duke of Alencon, Anthony Duke of Brabant,
     The brother of the Duke of Burgundy,
     And Edward Duke of Bar: of lusty earls,
     Grandpre and Roussi, Fauconberg and Foix,
     Beaumont and Marle, Vaudemont and Lestrale.
     Here was a royal fellowship of death!

Clifford Stetner
http://phoenixandturtle.net/

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Jun 2002 09:12:06 +0100
Subject: 13.1487 Re: Suicide
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1487 Re: Suicide

"Does anyone know of any play, other than A&C, in which a character
tries to commit suicide and fails?"

Check out Amidea in James Shirley's "The Traitor". I think this might be
an interesting episode that may qualify.

m

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