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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1621  Monday, 26 September 2005

From: 		Larry Weiss <
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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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