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The Demise of the Coward
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0938  Monday, 23 October 2006

[1] 	From: 	John W. Kennedy <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 12:28:46 -0400
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[3] 	From: 	Bob Lapides <
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From: 		John W. Kennedy <
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Date: 		Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 12:28:46 -0400
Subject: 17.0922 The Demise of the Coward
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0922 The Demise of the Coward

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>Still seeking irrefutable proof of Shakespeare the universal writer
>for all time I happened upon an old word.  This word being "coward".
>UK news has recently highlighted the families of WW1 veterans shot
>for cowardice in the face of the enemy.  They want, no less, than for
>the stain of cowardice to removed from their relatives' names.

A RhymeZone search reveals 149 instances of the word, or derivatives, in 
the plays and poems.  A high count, I think.  But what has happened to the 
'coward concept'?  'Brave' still stands tall in our society but coward no 
more.  Is a lack of courage viewed with sympathy today but derision 400 
years ago?  Are there no cowards left?

The current activity in England is, as I understand it, prompted by the 
observed fact that enlisted men in WW1 were shot for "cowardice" while 
officers were hospitalized for "shell shock".

As for whether there are cowards left, unhesitatingly I answer "Yes," but 
I am sure that Hardy would not wish me to go further here. Should anyone 
think my opinion worth the trouble, Google Groups is just a few clicks 
away.

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From: 		Edmund Taft <
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Date: 		Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 13:13:53 -0400
Subject: 	The Demise of the Coward

Sam Small asks, "Are there no cowards left?"

I'm afraid to respond!

Ed Taft

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From: 		Bob Lapides <
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Date: 		Friday, 20 Oct 2006 22:30:50 EDT
Subject: 17.0922 The Demise of the Coward
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0922 The Demise of the Coward

I think Sam Small asks a good question, and the answer, I think, lies in 
how much resistance there is today to the idea of dying for a mission the 
ruling class sends ordinary men and women on. On the other hand, I really 
don't understand what's keeping all of us from demanding in the strongest 
terms that something be done about global warming. As our children's lives 
are at stake, cowardice must be part of the problem, as well as passivity.

Bob Lapides

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