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Deadly Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0627  Thursday, 20 September 2007

[1] 	From: 		Larry Weiss <
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	Date: 		Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 12:38:30 -0400
	Subj: 		Re: SHK 18.0622 Deadly Shakespeare

[2] 	From: 		John Briggs <
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	Date: 		Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 20:42:29 +0100
	Subj: 		Re: SHK 18.0622 Deadly Shakespeare


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From: 		Larry Weiss <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 12:38:30 -0400
Subject: 18.0622 Deadly Shakespeare
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0622 Deadly Shakespeare

 >Say, what about "And my poor fool is hang'd"?.... For depending
 >on the critic, the "poor fool" is the Fool;[1] or it's Cordelia...

Or both, if the roles were doubled.

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From: 		John Briggs <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 20:42:29 +0100
Subject: 18.0622 Deadly Shakespeare
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0622 Deadly Shakespeare

David Evett wrote:

 >I'd be interested to see John Briggs's argument for keeping Davy
 >Gam--not otherwise a personage of the play, and enjoying the status of
 >being named only because he's a gentleman rather than a commoner.

Actually, a gentleman *is* a commoner - as is an esquire, who is of a 
higher rank.

Daffyd Gam (Daffyd ap Llewelyn ap Hywel) was a Welsh adherent of 
Henry's, and had been a leading opponent of Owain Glyndwr.  There was a 
legend that Henry knighted him on the battlefield - either as he was 
dying or posthumously.  Shakespeare may also have based Fluellen on him. 
  Shakespeare could hardly *not* mention him.

John Briggs

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