The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0533 Monday, 5 June 2006
Date: Saturday, 03 Jun 2006 08:18:02 -0400
Subject: What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?
I can't see that the line is problematic at all. Disaster has come in
all aspects of life; people are dying on all sides. Lear mentions the
fool dying the way anyone would report on more disasters of war. It's
exactly this suddenly-coming-to-mind of one more blow that makes it so
poignant: amid all the things that have befallen me and my kingdom,
there is this one too, that in a different time I might have time or
space to mourn. These deaths in war announced casually -- aren't there
more in Shakespeare? The hanging of Nym and Bardolph in Henry V, for
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