2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2170  Wednesday, 12 November 2003

From:           Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003 06:05:10 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.2161 Palmers and Shadows, Spirits and Ghosts
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2161 Palmers and Shadows, Spirits and Ghosts

 Douglas Galbi quotes, "Maria: 'My name is Mary, sir.' (TN, Act 1, Sc.
3)

Then he writes, "It seems to me that you've got this backwards.  Mary
here is used formally/ironically; see also TW 1.5.10 and 2.3.111.  In
fact, 'Maria' seems to have been equivalent in everyday use to 'Marie',
which Camden (1605) listed as one of the usual names for woman in
England, See 'Sense in Communication,' p. 103, ft. 5 and 6."

And I thought the difference was language based: Marie was French, and
Maria was Spanish, and Mary was English.  Oh well.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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