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Much Ado Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0651  Thursday, 11 March 2004

From:           Bill Lloyd <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Mar 2004 07:37:39 EST
Subject: 15.0636 Much Ado Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0636 Much Ado Questions

On the subject of whether 'case' is properly regarded as a sexual pun, I
don''t think I've seen Mistress Quickly quoted...

In the Latin lesson in 4.1 of Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir Hugh is
quizzing young William Page:

Sir Hugh: What is your genitive case plural, William?
William: Genitive case?
Sir Hugh: Ay.
William: Genitivo: 'horum, harum, horum'.
Mistress Quickly: Vengeance of Jenny's case! Fie on her! Never name her,
child, if she be a whore!

'Case' was, like 'captain' and 'occupy', apparently an excellent good
word before it was ill-sorted...

Bill Lloyd

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