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Caliban's Father
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1695  Tuesday, 4 October 2005

From: 		Joseph Egert <
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Date: 		Monday, 03 Oct 2005 02:28:16 +0000
Subject: 16.1665 Caliban's Father
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1665 Caliban's Father

Alan Horn, yet another budding censor, chastises this humble amateur for 
wondering out loud about possible anagrams Myriad Man may have wrought 
for his TEMPEST figures--are they "All coincidence?"--likening me, 
horror of horrors, to David Basch, our tireless leader in that department.

Hardy, allow me one last swing at Alan Horn's hardball before snipping 
the thread.

The question mark after "coincidence" is only partly rhetorical. I was 
hoping to draw light from august scholars in our lively community on 
just how to evaluate such possible wordplay. Are we to ignore "J.C." as 
initials for both "Julius Caesar" and "Jesus Christ"? Are we to 
discourage novel imaginative exegesis?

While I reject Basch's overall thesis of Shakespeare as a 
crypto-converso, I'd limit censorship only to obsessive repetition of 
specific points by the same poster, and not otherwise. One woman's 
flower is another man's weed. Skepticism, yes. Censorship, no. Why not 
heed our fellow SHAKSPERite (SHK 16.0620): "Perhaps we should do without 
all-purpose rules about what we can and cannot know..."

Snip away, Hardy!
Joe Egert

[Editor's Note: This thread is at an end. Further correspondence should 
be done privately.]

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