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Re: One Name, Two Personages
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0765  Thursday, 24 April 2003

[1]     From:   Cliff Ronan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 09:59:16 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages

[2]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 11:28:02 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages

[3]     From:   Tom Pendleton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 12:31:13 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages

[4]     From:   Friedman Michael <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 15:20:51 -0400
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From:           Cliff Ronan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 09:59:16 -0500
Subject: 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages

David Evett,

There are probably no other character names in a single play unless we
count Lord Bardolph and Falstaff's Bardolph in 2 Henry IV.

Best regards,
Cliff Ronan

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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 11:28:02 -0400
Subject: 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages

David Evett asked:

>In any case, can
>anybody on the list point to another instance in the canon where two
>clearly different personages in the same play have the same name?

Shooting fish in a barrel, of course...I was in a reading of Comedy of
Errors, and somebody asked WHY anybody would be dumb enough to give two
sets of twins the same name, That stumped me, so "Shut up," I explained.

Dana Shilling

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From:           Tom Pendleton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 12:31:13 -0400
Subject: 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages

Dear David

In JC, Flavius is a tribune in 1.1 and in 5.4 one of Brutus's
followers--opening SD only; he has no lines. Two other close
ones--Balthasar is both the name Portia assumes and the name of one of
her servants, and in 2H4 there is both a Bardolph and a Lord Bardolph.
Twins probably shouldn't count, but Olivia does at various times call
both Viola and Sebastian Cesario. And for a possible counter-example--if
Falstaff's page in 2H4 and H5 is the Robin of MWW (and I think he is),
he's probably Robin because four other people have Page as a surname.

Tom Pendleton

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From:           Friedman Michael <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 15:20:51 -0400
Subject: 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0758 Query: One Name, Two Personages

I believe I can think of an example of this phenomenon.  In *Two Gents*,
Julia and Lucetta discuss one of Julia's suitors, the "fair Sir
Eglamour."  A character by the same name later appears as a trusted
friend of Silvia, but there is no indication whether this figure was
also Julia's suitor in the beginning of the play.

Michael Friedman
University of Scranton

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