The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0124 Sunday, 24 February 2008
Date: Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 09:52:13 -0500
Subject: 19.0117 Harry, Hal, Henry
Comment: RE: SHK 19.0117 Harry, Hal, Henry
I read with interest David Crosby's praise for Don Bloom's "observation"
about Falstaff's almost exclusive use of the name "Hal" for the Prince
in 1 and 2 Henry IV, which he says "must be the starting point for any
further discussion of the name's significance. All the other
speculations seem fatuous or overblown until grounded in this way. I
hope Don's example will inspire us all to make similar close readings."
Since one Warren J. Macisaac pointed out exactly the same thing in an
article in Shakespeare Quarterly 30 years ago ("A Commodity of Good
Names in the Henry IV Plays, SQ 29.3 (Summer 1978): 417-19), I am not
optimistic that this "discovery" will prove as ground-breaking or
earth-shattering as Crosby thinks.
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