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Love's Labours Won
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0749  Wednesday, 20 April 2005

[1]     From:   Sandra Sparks <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 07:54:37 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0736 Love's Labours Won

[2]     From:   Elliott Stone <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 10:11:37 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0717 Love's Labours Won


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From:           Sandra Sparks <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 07:54:37 -0400
Subject: 16.0736 Love's Labours Won
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0736 Love's Labours Won

Thank you all for your responses. My take on this:

Remember the approximate timing of the writing of the play. Hamnet died
during that period. The death certainly affected his life and writing,
and may have had an adverse effect on how the second play turned out.  I
would suggest that the second play may have been set in the court in
France, which may be why some believe All's Well That Ends Well is
actually LLW.  But, it seems clear to me, that WS did not take care of
his plays that he did not like.  He may have kept no version of LLW, and
Hemminge and Condell may not have been able to discover any surviving
copy, at least in full.  They seem to have been in a rush to get the
first folio out as soon as Anne Hathaway died.

Sandra Sparks
Performer, Atlanta Shakespeare Company
Atlanta Georgia

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From:           Elliott Stone <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 10:11:37 -0400
Subject: 16.0717 Love's Labours Won
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0717 Love's Labours Won

It would seem to me that the same young woman is the model for Rosaline
in LLL and Beatrice in Much Ado. Roslaline  in the end  as Ogburn
suggests sentences Berowne to a 12 month term apart from her if she is
to be won.  Beatrice tells us that Benedict had once before won her with
false dice. We call MA what Meres called Love's Labour's Lost. Berowne's
exclamation of Love for the wanton with the two pitch ball eyes suggests
that we might be hearing more about this young lady from Shakespeare in
the Sonnets. Who was this young lady?

Best, Elliott H. Stone

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