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Sonnet 89
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1444  Friday, 16 July 2004

[1]     From:   Susan St. John <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Jul 2004 10:59:03 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1433 Sonnet 89

[2]     From:   Alan Horn <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Jul 2004 16:56:23 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1433 Sonnet 89


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From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Jul 2004 10:59:03 -0700
Subject: 15.1433 Sonnet 89
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1433 Sonnet 89

Why does the world report that Kate doth limp?

It seems to me that WS used the idea of lameness quite often...whether
that indicates his own lameness or simply that at the time it was NOT so
"unusual to select this from the imagination's menu of potential
set-ups." as Stephen Rose suggests.

Is there no evidence that lame could have also meant 'stupid and
pointless', as it is used in today's vernacular?  Or is that a lame
interpretation?

Susan.

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From:           Alan Horn <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Jul 2004 16:56:23 -0400
Subject: 15.1433 Sonnet 89
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1433 Sonnet 89

A possible cause of Shakespeare's lameness: as we know from Sonnet 130,
"black wires" grew on his mistress's head in place of hair. These wires
probably fell out from time to time the way normal hairs do and
Shakespeare may very well have stepped on them in bare feet. If these
stray, possibly rusty, wires underfoot ever happened to puncture the
skin it is easy to surmise that the resulting infection could have
rendered him lame, at least temporarily.

Alan

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