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Can of . . . [Was Antony and Cleopatra 4.3]
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1033  Wednesday, 1 June 2005

From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           May 26, 2005 10:27 PM
Subject: 16.1004  Can of . . . [Was Antony and Cleopatra 4.3]
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.1004  Can of . . . [Was Antony and Cleopatra 4.3]

So far, Elliot Stone has been offered most of the standard annotations
of the Clown's use of 'worm': that 'worm' means snake and thus asp; that
'worm' means worm and thus is connected with death (which is what the
Clown brings her); and that 'worm' is phallic and thus part of the
sexual word play that pervades the Clown's speech and virtually
everything, down to her dying words, that Cleopatra says in the course
of the play.  If he finds this 'unconvincing', then he needs to give us
some idea of what he is seeking.

Arthur Lindley

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