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Shakespeare's "Unsatisfactory" Endings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1690  Tuesday, 4 October 2005

From: 		David Richman <
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Date: 		Sunday, 2 Oct 2005 12:16:35 -0400
Subject: 16.1672 Shakespeare's "Unsatisfactory" Endings
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1672 Shakespeare's "Unsatisfactory" Endings

On the difficult ending of "Measure for Measure," I will shamelessly 
plug my book, **Laughter, Pain, and Wonder**, University of Delaware 
Press, 1990, whose final chapter deals at some length with the 
problematic endings of many of the comedies.  The silence between 
Isabella and the duke lends itself, as silence often does in the work of 
Shakespeare and other dramatists, to many theatrical interpretations 
that have been and can be explored in production.  These interpretations 
run the gamut not from A to B, but from Isabella's revulsion to a joy 
that goes beyond words. In some good productions she blows the duke off; 
in other good productions she doesn't.  David Richman

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