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Re: Henry VI Part 1 Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0353  Monday, 24 February 2003

From:           Peter Groves <
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Date:           Sunday, 23 Feb 2003 22:17:40 +0000
Subject: 14.0333 Re: Henry VI Part 1 Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0333 Re: Henry VI Part 1 Questions

Drian Willis writes:

>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.

The metre *never* requires endstress on "Dauphin", which is pretty
consclusive proof that Shakespeare intended a consistently
proparoxytonic pronunciation: DAUphin.

Peter Groves

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