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What happens to the Fool in _Lear_?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0533  Monday, 5 June 2006

From: 		John Crowley <
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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 
instance.

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