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What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0519  Thursday, 1 June 2006

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Date: 		Tuesday, 30 May 2006 12:13:46 -0400
Subject: 17.0515 What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0515 What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?

So, stretching drafting dates for Lear even further backwards into the 
abysm of time (then again, the Fool does come before Merlin), he returns 
to somewhat kinder employment in Olivia's house (having, as Maria 
reminds us on first greeting him, been missing for a while), reassumes 
the name Feste and completes the song about "the wind and the rain" he 
sang one chorus of on the heath.  No wonder he gets pissed with Malvolio 
for trying to get him thrown out from under that roof over his head and 
ale in his belly.

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