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Measured Response
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1402  Thursday, 8 July 2004

From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Jul 2004 17:10:51 +0100
Subject: 15.1396 Measured Response
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1396 Measured Response

I totally agree with Susan St John!

Surely there is a long tradition of nunneries being referred to as
refuges / sanctuaries on short or long term bases both in and outside
Shakespeare? It cannot be that Fr L means anything other than the word's
face value, particularly at that most solemn moment of the play?

Given what Shak says via Hamlet's blistering dismissal of Polonius'
ill-timed remarks in a 'mock' tragic scene, it seems inconceivable that
Shakespeare would have meant so lewd a pun at this most tragic and
desolate of moments in R and J?  Hamlet to Ophelia in the famous
diatribe - totally different context, where savage irony may well indeed
be entirely appropriate, or at least consistent with its context.

But in R and J?? I think not.

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