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Question on Measure for Measure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1780  Wednesday, 29 September 2004

From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Sep 2004 08:14:09 -0700
Subject: 15.1771 Question on Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1771 Question on Measure for Measure

As for Juliet Capulet, since she is likened to a "rich jewel,"

Be careful with that one it is a "rich jewel" but "it's on an Ethiope's
ear." I think this refers to Juliet's candela rating.

For the scientifically minded.

the candela's old definition was:

the intensity of 1/600 000 square meter of  a "black body" (a perfect
radiator of energy) at the temperature of freezing platinum (2042 K) and
a pressure of 1 atmosphere.

The candela's new definition is:

the luminous intensity of a light source producing  single-frequency
light at a frequency of 540 terahertz  (THz) with a power of 1/683 watt
per steradian, or 18.3988  milliwatts over a complete sphere centered at
the light source.

(The frequency of 540 THz corresponds to a wave length of approximately
555.17 nanometers (nm); normal human eyes are more sensitive to the
yellow-green light of this wavelength than to any other.)

Romeo's 20/20 is as normal as the rest of us mere mortals.

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