The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0584 Thursday, 22 June 2006
Date: Wednesday, 21 Jun 2006 11:49:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Sir Toby & Pronouns
This is the first of two Twelfth Night questions I'd like to see
discussed. The other will be on a separate posting since both are quite
different and might become complex.
I am about to start rehearsals for Twelfth Night this summer (playing
Sir Toby Belch), and have been mulling over a couple of issues. One is
in regards to his use of the second person pronouns: In 3.4.220-227
(Arden Shakespeare), he calls "Cesario" thou and thee, but starting on
line 231, he switches suddenly to you. I can't find any critical or
scholarly commentary on these particular lines regarding this sudden
switch, and I was wondering if anyone out there can point me in a good
direction or if you've thought about this odd issue. I doubt that the
reason can simply be explained away by referring to his drinking; that
seems too facile, and besides, Toby is very shrewd in this sequence. I
doubt that he's simply slipping up in his language.
Thanks in advance for your comments. Question #2 will follow in another
Paul E. Doniger
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