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Devils into Witches?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0356  Monday, 24 February 2003

From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Sunday, 23 Feb 2003 16:31:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Devils into Witches?

In a recently-published essay on Macbeth, the actress Harriet Walter
writes:

"Shakespeare himself had to make adjustments to keep up with stage
fashion.  Originally he had three devils in place of the weird sisters,
but the theatrical currency of devils was already starting to devalue
through overuse, and they were more likely to induce laughter than
fear."

I had never come across this datum before, and Ms.Walter cites no
authority for it.  Is there any?

--Charles Weinstein

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