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Re: Small Change
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0141  Tuesday, 28 January 2003

[1]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Jan 2003 09:17:43 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0134 Small Change

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Jan 2003 14:56:54 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0134 Small Change


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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Jan 2003 09:17:43 -0500
Subject: 14.0134 Small Change
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0134 Small Change

Graham Hall writes:

>To Eastward Ho!  in London.
>Perhaps the
>juxtaposition of "bum" and "pee" will raise an even bigger titter
>though.

I'm afraid the title alone makes it impossible to use in my classes.

Clifford Stetner
CUNY

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Date:           Monday, 27 Jan 2003 14:56:54 -0000
Subject: 14.0134 Small Change
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0134 Small Change

"Testons" is better because it draws attention to the fact that this
coin has the portrait of the King (or Duke) on it. Should also be
noticed that its worth dropped to sixpence from double that as it
devalued through the sixteenth century (another joke there?).

Of course, a "modern" sixpence has a portrait too, but a teston was (am
I right?) the first coin to have such. I cannot but think that this is
significant.

"Bum" a favourite word of Jonson who was hardly shy of raising silly
titters with naughty words.

I saw the RSC production which I assume Graham hall refers to at the
Gielgud in London and it was a riot (I tittered with the best of 'em).
The whole season of "off-Shakespeare" plays was good (although setting
The Malcontent in a S. American psuedo-military dictatorship was a bit
of a yawn), particularly Eastward Hoe and Roman Actor.

I am under thirty (just), but of course I wouldn't be caught by any
statisticians stationed at the interval bar. I never did rub two
olde-moneyes together, but I used to find plenty of thruppeny-bits in my
backyard as a childe. Besides, my theory is that olde moneye was
invented by Ann Bullen to find a use for her supernumerary digits.

martin

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