The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0574 Monday, 1 March 2004
From: Jack Heller <
Date: Saturday, 28 Feb 2004 19:16:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Much Ado Questions
Act 1, scene 1, lines 173-174 (Pelican edition) read:
CLAUDIO Can the world buy such a jewel?
BENEDICK Yea, and a case to put it into.
The annotation reads: case (1) jewel case, (2) clothing, (3) vagina
("it" would then mean "penis")
Does the third sense of "case" make sense? Jewel goes into jewel case, a
woman goes into clothing, but then the parallel falls apart.
I am also wondering about Act 1, scene 2. Antonio's describes what his
man overheard: "the prince discovered to Claudio that he loved my neice
your daughter and meant to acknowledge it this night in a dance." That
would seem to set up a potential misunderstanding but it is never
developed dramatically. In 2.1, Don Pedro just simply says, "I have
broke with her father, and his good will obtained." Is that one sentence
all that 1.2 was to lead to?
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