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Measured Response
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1406  Friday, 9 July 2004

From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Thursday, 08 Jul 2004 11:23:11 -0400
Subject: 15.1396 Measured Response
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1396 Measured Response

 >>What is your evidence, other than a beautiful altruism, that Juliet
 >>would be welcomed or provided for by either family?
 >
 >Does 'nunnery' always have to mean brothel?  What if WS wanted to simply
 >state that someone would be safer and happier as a nun...what word
 >should he have used??  Shouldn't 'nunnery' suffice?
 >
 >Susan.

In Hamlet the line is: "Get thee to a nunnery: Why wouldst thou be a
breeder of sinners?"

A clear indication of nunnery as convent rather than brothel.

John Ramsay

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