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What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0526  Friday, 2 June 2006

[1] 	From: 	Carol Barton <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 1 Jun 2006 10:16:13 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0519 What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?

[2] 	From: 	Alex Went <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 1 Jun 2006 15:20:55 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0519 What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?


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From: 		Carol Barton <
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Date: 		Thursday, 1 Jun 2006 10:16:13 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Subject: 17.0519 What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0519 What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?

It occurred to me once upon a (recent) midnight dreary, as I pondered, 
weak and weary, that an interesting way of "miming" the significance of 
the disappearance of the Fool in _Lear_ during a stage production might 
be to have Kent, Cordelia, and Lear each hold mirrors turned toward the 
king--and have Lear in his rage smash them as he banishes the holder 
from his sight. The Fool (since he is not actively sent packing) could 
simply hold his, backing away from Lear, and either shaking his head or 
looking sad (or both) when he makes his final exit.

Simply a "for what it's worth," for the directors and thespians among us.

Best to all,
Carol Barton

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Date: 		Thursday, 1 Jun 2006 15:20:55 +0100
Subject: 17.0519 What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0519 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.

He gets pissed with Malvolio? I didn't know Malvolio drank...

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