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Clocks and Bells
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1686  Tuesday, 4 October 2005

From: 		Steve Sohmer <
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Date: 		Saturday, 1 Oct 2005 10:35:15 EDT
Subject: 16.1671 Clocks and Bells
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1671 Clocks and Bells

Dear Don and Friends,

The Globe stood only a short walk from St. Mary Overy, and across the 
river from Saint Bennet's church at Paul's Wharf. Shakespeare is 
certainly glancing across the river in Twelfth Night: "the belles of 
S[aint] Bennet sir, may put you in minde, one, two, three."

While the Globe was under construction, the tolling steeple bells of 
these churches would have been audible on the Bankside construction 
site; when Shakespeare visited the site it would have been apparent that 
these bells would be audible within the playhouse, and, periodically, 
they would remind audiences of the time of day. In 'Julius Caesar,' 
which Shakespeare purpose-wrote to open the Globe, he placed references 
to a clock striking three, an odd hour for a sunset, and high tide.

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