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Re: Claudius' Incestuous Marriage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0188  Tuesday, 4 February 2003

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Monday, 3 Feb 2003 06:48:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.0177 Re: Claudius' Incestuous Marriage
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0177 Re: Claudius' Incestuous Marriage

David Friedberg writes, "Bill Arnold sends a blast a of bitter black
bile from Palm Beach across Florida to Sarasota [sic]"

How poetic of you, Sir!

Then he writes, "The correct usage of [sic] in square brackets is nicely
set forth in texts such the Oxford Companion to the English Language,
which I recommend you read. Such phrase are inapplicable to the words of
mine you posted [sic]"

Sir, I chose to correctly quote you with your improper usage: a lack of

The he also writes, "I also recommend that you read my original post
once more.  My remarks were about the charge of incest [sic] I made no
comment on whether Claudius had contravened any other law or commandment

Excuse me, Sir.  But my remarks were in reference to the quote I quoted
from you, re: the word "dishonor," which IS another of the verses from
Exodus, C 20, V 12.  I had taken you seriously when you were calling
your own remarks "light-hearted" and I had thought you were punning upon
the prohibition against dishonoring one's parents, and converting it
into brother vs. brother.

Then he writes, "I challenge you Bill Arnold to look up incest in a
dictionary and reconsider your intemperate comments."

No intemperance was intended: Intemperance is in the eye of the

The he writes, "Please reply about Claudius and incest, or hold your

Nay, Sir, I SHALT not.  My remarks were about Will Shakespeare's play
Hamlet and what I read as your misreading and wrongful exegesis thereof.

Bill Arnold

[Editor's Note: This thread has reached its useful end. If anyone wishes
to continue this discussion, please do so privately. --Hardy]

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