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"Gibberish" in All's Well
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2047  Wednesday, 22 October 2003

From:           Lauryn Sasso <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Oct 2003 09:29:08 -0400
Subject:        "Gibberish" in All's Well

This is my first post to the list.  I am a graduate student at
UMass/Amherst and I am currently working as dramaturg on a production of
"All's Well That Ends Well."  I was looking at the interrogation of
Parolles and noticed that much of the "gibberish" spoken by the soldiers
in this scene seems to have a Latinate overtone.  I was wondering if
anyone could tell me if any of these words were chosen for special
significance.  i.e. Did Shakespeare create a particular gibberish word
that was very like a particular Latin word because of a meaning he
wanted to impart to the scene?  Or is it all truly just
incomprehensible?  If anyone has any info, or knows where I could find
out, it would be *greatly* appreciated!

Thanks,
Lauryn Sasso

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