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Suffering Fools
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0008  Friday, 5 January 2007

From: 		Roger Leeming <
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Date: 		Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 19:09:02 -0000
Subject: 18.0005 Suffering Fools
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0005 Suffering Fools

I cannot think of anything in Shakespeare that would justify 'suffering 
fools' if this is the meaning intended by the cartoon. I used a very 
powerful search tool to be found at 
http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/nsearch.cgi#14 in order to 
check this out. It searches in particular ways and could not find the 
word 'suffer' near the word 'fools'. 'Fools' on its own resulted in 102 
matches and 'suffer' in 84 matches. I read through all the references to 
'suufer' and the nearest possibilities are Hamlet, Act 5, scene 1 - Ham. 
Why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce 
with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his action of battery? - 
and Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, scene 4 - Nurse. I am none of his 
flirt-gills; I am none of his skains-mates. And thou must stand by too, 
and suffer every knave to use me at his pleasure? If either of these 
(particularly, the Hamlet quotation) could fit the New Yorker cartoon, 
then it is (remotely) justified, otherwise it is yet another case of 
Biblical quotations being confabulated with Shakespearian ones.

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