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Re: Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0598  Thursday, 27 March 2003

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Mar 2003 15:43:18 -0400
Subject: 14.0574 Re: Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0574 Re: Questions

In answer to James Conlan, I wasn't particularly disputing Shakespeare's
access to systems of precedence, only the transparency of the example,
which, I think, is open to a number of possible interpretations.

More importantly, I should think, Shakespeare's awareness that
precedence matters in certain situations doesn't necessarily imply that
he's referring to it everywhere.  I'm aware of the layout of an essay,
for instance, but I don't use it to structure my e-mails.  For that
matter, aren't characters listed in order in part simply because it's
impossible to list them all at once?  Is Rosencrantz more highly
honoured than Guildenstern?  Is Gertrude snubbing one by mentioning the
other first?

Yours,
Sean.

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