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A Thought for St. David's Day
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0670  Friday, 12 March 2004

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Mar 2004 21:12:11 -0000
Subject: 15.0653 A Thought for St. David's Day
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0653 A Thought for St. David's Day

 >Falstaff tells Hal "There's neither honesty nor manhood nor good
 >fellowship in thee," if he will not come robbing. He claims robbery as
 >his vocation and says, "Tis no sin for a man to labour in his vocation."
 >Apparently this is part of his essential Welshness...

Really?  Does Shakespeare refer to Falstaff's Welshness anywhere?
Oldcastle may have been Welsh but surely Shakespeare's purpose was to
ridicule a Puritan, not a Welshman.

Peter Bridgman

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