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Less said the better, it seems
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1274  Monday, 1 August 2005

[1]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Jul 2005 09:41:23 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1262 Less said the better, it seems

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Saturday, 30 Jul 2005 11:53:24 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1262 Less said the better, it seems


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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jul 2005 09:41:23 -0700
Subject: 16.1262 Less said the better, it seems
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1262 Less said the better, it seems

 >"Why not read Taming of the Shrew with The Roaring Girl and
 >see if the latter is really any more frothy than the former."

Agreed, equally frothy.

I'm not so sure The Changeling matches up to King Lear.

Colin Cox

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Saturday, 30 Jul 2005 11:53:24 -0400
Subject: 16.1262 Less said the better, it seems
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1262 Less said the better, it seems

". . . though R&J begins with a comic structure" (Jack Heller).

Indeed, the play, tipped toward tragedy by the deaths of Mercutio and
Tybalt, struggles to be a comedy right up to the final scene; the
Friar's scheme with the potion, an essentially comic device, only fails
of success by a minute or so, and some of the second-half scenes (the
Capulet family's bedside laments over the apparently dead Juliet,
Romeo's transaction with the apothecary, maybe even  Friar Lawrence's
cowardly retreat from the tomb) hang on the edge of comedy in tonal as
well as structural ways.

David Evett

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