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Portia's Mysterious Letter
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1726  Monday, 10 October 2005

From: 		Florence Amit <
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Date: 		Saturday, 08 Oct 2005 05:39:05 +0200
Subject: 	Subject: Portia's Mysterious Letter

Dear forum,

I am perfectly willing to expand upon the analogy of the Nasi -Mendes 
family for the "MOV" in another essay if "Shaksper" will present it. 
Surely such analogies are well known to many deeper analyses of 
Shakespeare: "Hamlet"- Luther, "The Book of Job" for "Measure for 
Measure" etc.

However it is also a question of interpretation regarding Portia's 
Jewish affiliations and the scheme by which Shylock has a chance of 
leaving a legacy to his soon to be orphaned daughter. The limited 
embargo upon Antonio's ships through the influence of his affiliations 
is a part of the plan put forward by Bassanio for putting pressure upon 
Antonio. It is by such means that a court ruling will decide upon the 
property of Shylock rather than the state bureaucracy. This historical 
reality is referred to in my last posting and there are many hints of it 
in the play. My interpretation of the play appears on my web site and 
now on the "Shaksper" 'list serve' facility for critical advice. 
("Apples of Gold Encased in Silver" - two parts) Portia's manner of 
selecting a Hebrew speaking suitor is also in Shelomo Schonfeld's essay 
that appears transcribed on my web site. http://tmov-caskets.org/index.htm

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