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WS View of Vienna for M4M
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0410  Monday, 27 July 2009

From:       Abigail Quart <
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Date:       Monday, 27 Jul 2009 13:30:40 -0400
Subject: 20.0405 WS View of Vienna for M4M
Comment:    RE: SHK 20.0405 WS View of Vienna for M4M

I don't know if it matters or alters the insistence that Shakespeare 
meant Ferrara instead of Vienna because the names in MfM are Italian, 
but the only other time Shakespeare mentions Vienna is in Hamlet, 
written around the same time, and he again used Italian names:

 >'The Mousetrap.' Marry, how? Tropically. This play is the
 >image of a murther done in Vienna. Gonzago is the duke's name;
 >his wife, Baptista. You shall see anon. 'Tis a knavish piece of
 >work; but what o' that? Your Majesty, and we that have free
 >souls, it touches us not. Let the gall'd jade winch; our withers
 >are unwrung.

Is that passage also considered a late rewrite by another hand?


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