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no spirit dares stir
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1855  Thursday, 25 September 2003

[1]     From:   Carol Barton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2003 08:15:01 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1843 no spirit dares stir

[2]     From:   Jay Feldman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2003 23:35:20 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1852 no spirit dares stir


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From:           Carol Barton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Sep 2003 08:15:01 -0400
Subject: 14.1843 no spirit dares stir
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1843 no spirit dares stir

Nothing says it IS the "season . . . wherein our Saviour's birth is
celebrated," Bill: they are merely commenting about WHEN Christmas
comes, so there's nothing unusual in that sense about this particular
spirit stirring . . . or is your point that the play is "very
English"?---in which case, so is "Italian" Romeo and Juliet, or "Greek"
MSND . . .

Carol Barton

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From:           Jay Feldman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Sep 2003 23:35:20 EDT
Subject: 14.1852 no spirit dares stir
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1852 no spirit dares stir

Tony Burton suggests: "It may be wintry cold, but the references all
point out the contrast to, not the identity with, Christmas day as the
time of the play's opening."

I certainly agree with Tony's opinion about it not being near Christmas
Day. However, I am neither an entomologist nor conversant with Danish
daily temperatures, but I just bet you will not find many "glowworms"
doing courtship duty during a "wintry cold" night.

Jay Feldman

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