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Re: Actors v Scholars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1201  Monday, 16 June 2003

[1]     From:   John Hancock <
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        Date:   Monday, 02 Jun 2003 11:13:38 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1026 Re: Actors v Scholars

[2]     From:   James Conlan <
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        Date:   Monday, 16 Jun 2003 01:52:56 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1145 Re: Actors v Scholars


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From:           John Hancock <
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Date:           Monday, 02 Jun 2003 11:13:38 -0500
Subject: 14.1026 Re: Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1026 Re: Actors v Scholars

To answer Edmund Taft's question how dumb actors play smart characters:

Pace = Smartness.  And finding an early cue word in the outgoing speech,
so they appear to comprehend quickly.

One interesting thing in film editing is how easily you can drop
someone's IQ by inserting a tiny pause before most of their lines.

Yours,
John Hancock

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From:           James Conlan <
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Date:           Monday, 16 Jun 2003 01:52:56 +0000
Subject: 14.1145 Re: Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1145 Re: Actors v Scholars

Martin Cox writes,

"The 1599 Every Man Out of his Humour, of course, contains the famous
"Not without mustard" barb against Will."

The motto in question more directly refers to the actions of a character
in a Thomas Nashe pamplet who took a vow on a rough sea crossing never
to eat ham again.  Upon reaching shore, the recovering passenger
adjusted his votive offering with the line "Not without mustard."  As
this is a direct literary allusion, there is no need to imagine a satire
of Shakespeare at all.

Regards,
JP Conlan

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