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Palmers and Shadows, Spirits and Ghosts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2130  Thursday, 6 November 2003

From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 07:24:42 -0600
Subject: 14.2123 Palmers and Shadows, Spirits and Ghosts
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2123 Palmers and Shadows, Spirits and Ghosts

"Maria in Twelfth Night can be understood as a foil for Mary in
history.  Maria is not just the usual lusty, spirited maid.  She works
like a device, she's all will, and at the end of the play, she's
absent.  The mad, suffering, passionate persons in the play are the ones
that come to life in the end.  Why Olivia, Malvolio, Viola, and others
do what they do defies explanation.  That, it seems to me, is part of
the epiphany of persons.  Put differently, appreciating limits of
representation is a fundamental aspect of making sense of real persons
in communication."

All right, Hawkes. You can't put this one over on me. (I especially like
that last sentence, though. You can swap the nouns and gerunds around
almost infinitely.)

Cheers,
don

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