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Shakespeare Allusion
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2265  Monday, 1 December 2003

From:           David Crosby <
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Date:           Saturday, 29 Nov 2003 17:38:35 -0600
Subject: 14.2213 Shakespeare Allusion
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2213 Shakespeare Allusion

>When the government was temporarily shut down, in last night's episode
>of The West Wing, a volunteer picks up trash in the west wing offices.
>Someone asks her her name, and she says it's Marina.  Asked where she
>was born, she says, "at sea."  I'm at sea as to why the show has this
>passing allusion to Pericles, but that's undoubtedly what it is.

Interesting how two people can listen to the same dialogue and hear
different things: my memory of the scene has the woman, asked if her
name is Greek, respond, "No, I was born on a boat." My response (I
frequently talk back to my television) was, "Yeah, and likely conceived
on one, too!"

Do you suppose this difference in hearing will become a crux in the
later textual criticism wing of cultural studies? Is the allusion to
Pericles or to Hawaii Five-O?

Dave Crosby

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