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Character Ages
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0550  Thursday, 24 March 2005

From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 13:04:58 -0500
Subject: 16.0528 Character Ages
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0528 Character Ages

Dear Mark,

Shakespeare's 30ish men? Well, let's see. Off the top of my head, Hamlet
is 30 ... but he's fat and he sweats. The Antipholi and their servants
are 34. King John was 32 when he sallied into France. Richard III was 33
when he lost his horse and kingdom to Henry Tudor (who was 28). Henry V
was 35 when he came home from France in a box (this is not a speaking
part). And Iago claimed to be 28 ... but he lied.

Hope this helps.

Steve

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