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Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0932  Wednesday, 18 May 2005

[1]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 May 2005 22:14:09 +0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

[2]     From:   Sandra Sparks <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 May 2005 03:45:05 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

[3]     From:   Marga Munkelt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 May 2005 17:55:06 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3


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From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 May 2005 22:14:09 +0800
Subject: 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

 >I have often wondered in A&C V II why the Clown keeps punning on the
 >word "worm"? Cleopatra first uses the word "worm" in line 243 and then
 >after many uses in line 279  "CLOWN. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy o'
 >th' worm".  Why does Shakespeare not use the word "asp"?

Because worms, not asps, are associated with what will happen to her
dead body and ours.

Arthur

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From:           Sandra Sparks <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 May 2005 03:45:05 -0400
Subject: 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

My take on Elliot Stone's question, why WS didn't use the word asp:

Elizabethan audiences would have immediately picked up on the
correlation of worm with death.

And, it makes for a much better, and more understandable, line, doesn't it?

Sandra Sparks

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From:           Marga Munkelt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 May 2005 17:55:06 +0200
Subject: 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0920 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

As to the choice of "worm", you may find the commentary note in Marvin
Spevack's New Variorum Edition (MLA, 1990) helpful (TLN 3495, p. 332).

Best,
Marga Munkelt

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