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Ukrainian and English in Latvia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0713  Thursday, 14 April 2005

[1]     From:   Tom Pendleton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 14:12:50 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0696 Ukrainian and English in Latvia

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 20:14:13 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0696 Ukrainian and English in Latvia


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From:           Tom Pendleton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 14:12:50 -0400
Subject: 16.0696 Ukrainian and English in Latvia
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0696 Ukrainian and English in Latvia

I expect that Syd Kasten is right about Lithuania and Latvia.  I know he
is right about John Velz.

Tom Pendleton

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 20:14:13 -0400
Subject: 16.0696 Ukrainian and English in Latvia
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0696 Ukrainian and English in Latvia

I am distressed that Syd Kasten should think that I intended to be
disrespectful to John Velz, whom I admire this side of idolatry.  I was
only trying (however ineptly) to point out that a person might feel a
need to flee Soviet as well as Nazi domination, and that someone who
precipitously left Latvia in 1940 was likely to be so motivated.
Obviously, Syd's friends did have this fear or need, as they moved to
Uzbekistan.  But the protagonist of John's story sailed to Sweden, where
freedom from both Stalinism and Nazism could be expected.  I hope it is
not politically incorrect to suggest that anti-Bolshevism is as
legitimate a motive to take refuge as anti-Nazism.

I must also take umbrage at the suggestion at the end of Syd's post that
I aspire to be a junior varsity T. Hawkes:  --

 >I think Weiss has promise, but he should make a deeper study of the wit
 >of T. Hawkes, who, I think, must throw away much more than he uses.

I hope that my contributions, such as they are, are evaluated on their
own demerits and not by odorous comparison with Prof Hawkes's commentaries.

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