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Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2101  Thursday, 30 October 2003

[1]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2003 07:29:13 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2087 Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledg

[2]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2003 08:01:25 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2087 Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge


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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Oct 2003 07:29:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.2087 Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2087 Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge

Ed Kranz quotes me, "Well, I hate to be a 'wet blanket' myself, but it's
'Viz.,' with the period [ . ] please, inasmuch as it is an abbreviation
for 'videlicet.'

Then Ed Kranz writes, "I'll warrant they'll have her publicly shamed,
and methinks there would be no period to the jest, should she not be
publicly shamed."

Methinks none should lose their next scrabble game and try for big
points with a "v" and a "z" in a three-letter word, not knowing that
*viz* is not a word, but viz. is *an* abbreviation.

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

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Oct 2003 08:01:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.2087 Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2087 Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge

Thomas Larque writes a tome on Bill Arnold, seeking me--and indeed I am
*not* the Bill Arnold he has fictionalized--to epitomize him.  Nah.  I
admit I am a journalist, and a tabloid author, but I will not raise him
to such a level.  I have not done that in the past, nor will I do it
now.  I would rather deal with the play by Will S, Hamlet, and its
heroic Hamlet.  One *hero* on Hardy's message board is enough for us all
<g>.

So, let us be clear, here.  Someone quite appropriately said something
to the effect, and I am paraphrasing from memory, that if Bill Arnold
did not exist, Hardy would have to invent him.
Now, that was absolutely brilliant, and I let it go then, but can no
longer let it go without recognition.  Bravo!  And the reality is I
*did* invent Bill Arnold, the writer, not Bill Arnold, me.  God
*invented* me, and I *invented* the writer.

Likewise: William Shakespeare from up-the-river *invented* Will S, the
Swan of Avon, the English Bard.

And Bill Arnold the writer wonders *why* anyone, including a Tom Lark
[my invention, for the nonce: and *not* related in any way, shape or
form to any person, real or otherwise <g>! ] would ignore that in
*Christology* the words "Soul," and "Breath," and "Spirit," and "Ghost,"
and "Will" find themselves often translated by translators as synonyms:
but I would remind you *all* that they have *connotations* quite
different, and inasmuch as they are unique words, they *are* different.

Beware that various Biblical texts interchange the words according to
the translator's whim!  And beware that Shakespearean scholars
interchange the words according to their whims in exegeses!  Nor does
the world *turn* on any one scholar's dime.  Not mine, not his, nor
hers.  We are all entitled to our opinions, whether Tom Lark, or the
*fictional* Bill Arnold who signs these posts, or the real Bill Arnold
who writes them.

And it is my humble opinion that Will S was *into* Christology and used
the words "Soul," and "Breath," and "Spirit," and "Ghost," and "Will"
uniquely in his plays and sonnets [see Sonnets CXLIII, CXXXIV, CXXXVI ,
and his *Will* masterpiece: CXXXV! with all their
*C-O-N-N-O-T-A-T-I-O-N-S* intact!

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

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