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Q: Mothers

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0226  Friday, 9 September 2011

 

From:         George Angell < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         September 7, 2011 12:52:28 PM EDT

Subject:      Re: Q: Mothers

 

Leonatus Posthumus' mother, from Cymbeline, died in childbirth.  As her ghost says in Cymbeline V.iv:

 

Lucina lent me not her aid, 

but took me in my throes; 

that from me was Posthumus ript, 

came crying 'mongst his foes, 

a thing of pity!

 

And, of course, there's Macduff, "Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripp'd" Macbeth, V.vii

 

Cheers,

George W. Angell

 

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