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Re: Henry VI Part 1 Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0333  Thursday, 20 February 2003

From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 12:41:52 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.0310 Re: Henry VI Part 1 Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0310 Re: Henry VI Part 1 Questions

Frequently, as I know is certainly the case in King John and Henry V,
having performed the Bastard and Henry in those plays, the French and
English pronounce the Dauphin in different ways. Usually scanning the
meter helps one determine how they pronounce it. The speech of the
French characters places the stress on the second syllable - Do-FAN.
Most of the English (although the characters in King John are sometimes
torn between the two and not clearly of one descent) tend to emphasize
the first syllable - DO-fin/fan, or DOLL-fin. I paid a lot of attention
to this during those productions. I clearly remember that for both the
Bastard and Henry, characters of British descent, they favored the first
syllable.

I never decided on whether they sometimes did this in scorn. Certainly,
when Henry or the Bastard was angry at the Dauphin (which they so
frequently are), I found it useful to play up this identification as
childish. Both Dauphins are largely governed by their fathers, at least
for the first half of the play.

The Dauphin in Henry VI Part I, interestingly enough, is governed by La
Pucelle.

Brian Willis

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