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Twelfth Night in LA
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1498  Tuesday, 10 August 2004

From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Aug 2004 10:08:35 -0500
Subject: 15.1484 Twelfth Night in LA
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1484 Twelfth Night in LA

Douglas Galbi offers this judgment of Maria (TN):

 >As an
 >appealingly sassy bureaucrat has argued convincingly in Section IV of
 >"Sense in Communication" (available at www.galbithink.org ), Maria is
 >viciously instrumental; she's a blank of a person. She is utterly
 >unappealingly within Shakespeare's understanding of love.

I get the feeling he doesn't care much for Olivia's waiting gentlewoman.

While I have no intention of going to "galbithink dot org" to backcheck
I confess to being enchanted by the idea of convincing arguments
emanating from an unnamed sassy bureaucrat. Furthermore, I had never
thought her actions as being vicious, and contemplating them as such
expands my sense of what some people consider vice -- as does her
blankness as a person.

Galbi continues: "Playing an "appealingly sassy maid Maria" isn't just
an unimportant, conventional non-choice in characterization.

I love words like "non-choice." While it would seem to mean something
required (as in college curricula degree requirements), it actually
means an *incorrect* choice -- yet with an overtone of slavish
emulation, a failure to make a thoughtful choice. Two separate (and
somewhat contradictory) insults packed into a single word shows great
economy of style. It doesn't mean much, of course, but it is economical.

And again: "Understanding Maria is important to understanding
Shakespeare's historical circumstances and the deep themes of his art."

Indeed.

Cheers,
don


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