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Portia's Mysterious Letter
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1735  Wednesday, 12 October 2005

[1] 	From: 	Arnie Perlstein <
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	Date: 	Monday, 10 Oct 2005 09:07:03 -0400
	Subj: 	Portia's Mysterious Letter

[2] 	From: 	JD Markel <
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	Date: 	Monday, 10 Oct 2005 11:20:31 -0700 (PDT)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1726 Portia's Mysterious Letter


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From: 		Arnie Perlstein <
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Date: 		Monday, 10 Oct 2005 09:07:03 -0400
Subject: 	Portia's Mysterious Letter

 >"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."

I am ignorant of the history that you refer to in your post regarding 
the Nasi family and Venetian law, but I am glad to see that you share my 
belief that the disappearance of Antonio's ships was not accidental. 
It's fascinating to then see how such an insight can support two 
interpretations which then diverge. You see Shylock doing this in 
furtherance of a goal that is hinted at in the text, I see Shylock doing 
this in furtherance of the very goal he has explicitly articulated 
several times (i.e., revenge). But I suspect that Shakespeare would be 
pleased to see people taking the ball and running with it in these 
different directions, because I am convinced that his paramount goal was 
to make his audience feel, to (as Ingmar Bergman used to say of his own 
artistry as a filmmakers) to "touch" the audience, and also, 
complementarily, to inspire his audience to think outside the box.

Arnie Perlstein
Weston, Florida

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From: 		JD Markel <
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Date: 		Monday, 10 Oct 2005 11:20:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1726 Portia's Mysterious Letter
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1726 Portia's Mysterious Letter

Speaking of mysterious letters, since my relatively recent subscription 
to SHAKSPER, and the posting of my e-mail address on its pages, I 
receive Nigerian Bank Scam spam in enormous amount.  And in a multitude 
of versions - from Eastern Europe, UK, East Asia, and other African 
countries.

None of the other usual spam.  No Cialis/viagra spam, none from overseas 
prescription drug brokers, no cheap ocean cruise offers, no discount ink 
cartridges, no discount anything.  Just multi-million dollar bank 
transfer offers.

 From this I must conclude the internet worms collecting spam targets 
recognize that SHAKSPERians are a wealthy lot with expendable risk 
capital and suffer not chronic disease nor sexual dysfunction.

Glad to be here!

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