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Question on Measure for Measure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1838  Wednesday, 6 October 2004

[1]     From:   Peter Bridgman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Oct 2004 13:37:26 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1825 Question on Measure for Measure

[2]     From:   Sarah Cohen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 05 Oct 2004 08:15:50 -0700
        Subj:   Question on Measure for Measure / Millihelens


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From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Oct 2004 13:37:26 +0100
Subject: 15.1825 Question on Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1825 Question on Measure for Measure

David Evett writes ...

 >I believe that's a microhelen.  Millihelens darken the entire Aegean
 >with ships.

I think you mean kilohelens.  A millihelen (helen times ten to the minus
three) is a unit of beauty sufficient to launch one ship.  A microhelen
(times ten to the minus six) would be sufficient to launch part of a
plank, i.e. a total minger.

Peter Bridgman

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From:           Sarah Cohen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 05 Oct 2004 08:15:50 -0700
Subject:        Question on Measure for Measure / Millihelens

A millihelen is one thousanth of a helen, the quantity of beauty
required to launch a single ship. To darken the Aegean with ships would
probably take a thousand helens, or a kilohelen. A microhelen is a
millionth of a helen, which would launch driftwood. [Think of
millimeters, kilometers, and micrometers.]

Juliet's rating is at least one millihelen. Her beauty is sufficient to
launch one ship, steered by Romeo:

  I am no pilot, yet wert thou as far
  As that vast shore wash'd with the farthest sea,
  I should adventure for such merchandise.

Sarah Cohen

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