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Richard III
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0495  Tuesday, 23 May 2006

From: 		Elliott Stone <
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Date: 		Monday, 22 May 2006 21:43:05 -0400
Subject: 	Richard III

It was at least 10 years ago since the day I was in Chicago and took in a 
wonderful Richard III at the Shakespeare Theatre. As I was leaving the 
theatre I noticed the two young brothers who had just performed as the 
Young Princes in the play. They probably were waiting for their mom to 
pick them up. I approached the younger one and asked him why he thought 
Shakespeare had the lines in the play concerning the question to 
Buckingham about the Tower. "Did Julius Caesar build that place, my lord?"

He answered, "I don't know those are my brother's lines." The brothers 
then jumped into their mom's car and drove off leaving me perplexed all 
these years

Well, I was just thumbing through the Fourth Shakespeare Companion which 
contained an excellent explanation by David Scott Kastan in his article on 
"Shakespeare and English History p 167 @ 178. I will leave it to the 
reader to seek out his explanation.

Kastan earlier in his article quotes the line from Jonson's "The Devil Is 
An Ass" 2.4.8-14 where the dense but cunning Fitzdotrel points to his 
source of superior historical knowledge which is not the Chronicles "No, I 
confess I had't it from the play-books/ and think they're more authentic".

I admit to being one of the Shakespeare lovers who take very seriously 
Prince Hamlet's admonitions. One of which is "The players tell all"!

I also think that I now understand in Richard III why the Bishop of Ely is 
sent out for the strawberries III iv 46. They did not have a footnote on 
that in my high school text but they never do when it concerns a matter of 
sex!

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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