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Troubles of the Marriage-Bed
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1030  Saturday, 31 May 2003

From:           Charlie Mitchell <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 May 2003 11:54:48 -0400
Subject:        Troubles of the Marriage-Bed

Here is a line that has always given me trouble and in production, I
felt that we never found an adequate gloss in relation to the scene.
From The Comedy of Errors:

ADRIANA
This servitude makes you to keep unwed.
LUCIANA
Not this, but troubles of the marriage-bed.
ADRIANA
But, were you wedded, you would bear some sway.
LUCIANA
Ere I learn love, I'll practise to obey.

What does Luciana mean, "troubles of the marriage bed"?  Our director
used "inability to find a husband" assuming that "this" is the servitude
that Adriana criticizes although I know the actress used "fear of the
physical act."  Any thoughts?

Charlie Mitchell

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