The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1621 Monday, 26 September 2005
Date: Saturday, 24 Sep 2005 12:19:08 -0400
Subject: 16.1599 ducdame
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1599 ducdame
>Memory refreshed - the locale is Vienna, but many of
>the character's names more likely
>Italian(ish), e.g. "Vincentio." None German. Why?
Maybe Shakespeare didn't know a lot of Germans, except the stationer
Greenfield, whose tables were so rough that they tended to sharpen pens.
See HenV,II.iii.16-17 (unemended).
Or maybe because Italian names make for smoother verse.
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