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Re: Stop Your Mouth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1526  Wednesday, 19 June 2002

From:           Herb Weil <
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Date:           Sunday, 16 Jun 2002 12:11:29 +0100
Subject: 13.1477 Stop Your Mouth
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1477 Stop Your Mouth

Apologies for the delayed response. I wanted to see the fine current RSC
production to see if anything relevant came in it. Not that I noticed.

The Q and F attribution to Leonato clearly deserves attention. I raised
it in a talk at Sussex in 1969, used it later in papers in Waterloo
Papers and Sh Survey.

No doubt there is significance in the terminal silencing of Beatrice
--as of so many other heroines in comedies. But I would not want to push
this too far. After all, if Beatrice becomes an equal partner in the
dance --as is usual but, of course, not necessary-- her silence is not
crucial, perhaps barely noticed by spectators.

Do you, Phyllis, or any one know about any production that convincingly
does much with the problematic and dark side that continues at the end
for so many readers?

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