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Mariana in Measure for Measure


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0149  Thursday, 4 April 2013


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

Date:         April 3, 2013 10:12:49 AM EDT

Subject:     Mariana in Measure for Measure


In 4.1 of Measure for Measure, Mariana says to a musician, “Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice / Hath often still my brawling discontent.”  


But the duke has only been disguised as a friar for a day or two.


So, are we to believe that Mariana knows that “the friar” is actually the duke? Or are we to believe that the duke has put on the friar disguise in the past?


Lysbeth Benkert

Northern State University


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