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Kent's Banishment
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0550  Tuesday, 21 August 2007

From: 		Nicole Coonradt <
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Date: 		Monday, 20 Aug 2007 20:54:28 +0000
Subject: 18.0523 Kent's Banishment
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0523 Kent's Banishment

Per our discussion of "leaving time" re Kent's Banishment recently, in 
re-reading _As You Like It_, I am reminded of another banishment: 
Frederick's of Rosalind.

Frederick:  "Mistress, dispatch you with your safest haste, / And get 
you from our court" (1.3.38-9).
[ . . . ]

"Within these ten days if that thou beest found / So near our public 
court as twenty miles, / Thou diest for it" (1.3.41-4).
[ . . . ]

"If you outstay the time, upon mine honour / And in the greatness of my 
work, you die" (1.3.88).

I guess, since Rosalind only has to be twenty miles from court, ten days 
is considered long enough to pack up and be gone?  (Whereas Kent had to 
quit the entire country and so we assume needed more time?)

Curious.  This also comes on the heels of the discussion, in the 
previous scene, amongst Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone of "honour," 
which reinforces the fact that Frederick has none.

Best,
Nicole Coonradt

P.S.  As I am still using the Wells/Taylor "Complete Works," I do hope 
the "ten days" is legit!

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