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A Wedding Ring Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0086  Wednesday, 1 March 2006

[1] 	From: 	William Godshalk <
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	Date: 	Sunday, 26 Feb 2006 13:19:27 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0073 A Wedding Ring Question

[2] 	From: 	Paul E. Doniger <
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	Date: 	Sunday, 26 Feb 2006 12:55:36 -0800 (PST)
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From: 		William Godshalk <
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Date: 		Sunday, 26 Feb 2006 13:19:27 -0500
Subject: 17.0073 A Wedding Ring Question
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0073 A Wedding Ring Question

Joe Egert writes:

'Portia may even be seen as an early prototype for Prospero. Clearly she 
is somehow mystically involved in bringing Antonio's three lost ships 
home "safely to road."'

But should we believe Portia, or is this another deception on her part? 
Obviously she wants Antonio to feel obligated to her, and what better 
way than to tell him that his ships have safely come to port? Now he 
owes her big time. With her apparently limitless wealth, Portia can work 
out the details later, perhaps buy him three new ship with cargo.

Bill Godshalk

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From: 		Paul E. Doniger <
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Date: 		Sunday, 26 Feb 2006 12:55:36 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 17.0073 A Wedding Ring Question
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0073 A Wedding Ring Question

I can't remember if anyone brought it up on this thread, yet, but 
Sebastian and Olivia "interchange" rings in Twelfth Night, The Priest's 
says that their marriage was "Strengthened by interchangement of your 
rings"  (5.1.159). Clearly WS knew of the custom. Does anyone know 
whether he would have interchanged rings with Anne Hathaway?

Paul D.

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