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Re: Non Sans Droict
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1270  Tuesday, 24 June 2003

[1]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Jun 2003 08:52:01 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1255 Re: Non Sans Droict

[2]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Jun 2003 21:56:30 0000
        Subj:   Re: Non Sanz Droict


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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Jun 2003 08:52:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.1255 Re: Non Sans Droict
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1255 Re: Non Sans Droict

Clifford Stetner writes, "Doesn't this phrase echo the Tudor motto:
'dieu et mon droit?' I read somewhere that 'mon droit' is synecdoche for
'my strong (right) sword arm.' Before I wade through the seven full
pages in the big OED, is this true?  Does it have aught to do with the
etymology of 'rights?' The synecdochal 'right' would nuance
Shakespeare's supposed motto with or without the comma.  'Not without my
writing arm?' 'No, without a sword?' 'Not without a sword?'"

Interesting.  The motto for the Shakespeare Coat of Arms in the latter
sense would fit the artwork.  It appears the pun on the sword aka pen of
the author aka spear in his name would all reflect on the puns on his
name, as indeed, it appears the coat of arms was all about?  Don't we
know Will S was a master of the pun?

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

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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Jun 2003 21:56:30 0000
Subject:        Re: Non Sanz Droict

Philip Tomposki wrote:

>The phrase appears three times [...]

On one of the TWO drafts of 1596, yes, it appears three times. We should
remember that the other draft, too, has the phrase, so it appears FOUR
times all together.

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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