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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1923  Thursday, 21 October 2004

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Oct 2004 11:39:43 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1915 Greenblatt

[2]     From:   Bruce Richman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Oct 2004 11:11:50 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1915 Greenblatt


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Oct 2004 11:39:43 -0400
Subject: 15.1915 Greenblatt
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1915 Greenblatt

For today I recommend reading the Malvolio-Maria-Sir Toby-Sir Andrew
part of *TN* as farce.  Farce is by definition heartless, and labeling
Maria as "viciously instrumental" (I don't know exactly what
"instrumental" is supposed to mean, here) for supplying us with much
amusement, or as a social climber because she makes a marriage that will
allow her to move from genteel servitude to genteel independence, seems
to me generically inappropriate.  Her absence from the final scene
parallels the similar absence of a whole suite of upper servants in
other plays whose vigilance has helped save their masters from making
mistakes - Hubert, Adam, Pisanio, Flavius: I'm still trying to figure
out just what this might mean.  I would put her, by the way, in another
suite, of little ("the youngest wren of nine" - wrens are notoriously
aggressive) feisty persons, some masters, some servants - the little
Duke of York in *R3*, Moth, Hermia, Falstaff's page, young Macduff, and
maybe Puck and Ariel as well.

David Evett

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From:           Bruce Richman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Oct 2004 11:11:50 -0500
Subject: 15.1915 Greenblatt
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1915 Greenblatt

No characters named Mary in the plays, either, though Marias appear, in
TN, as noted, and in LLL.

Bruce Richman
Columbia, Missouri

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