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Alonso Resigns a Dukedom?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0242  Monday, 13 May 2013

[1] From:        David Richman < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         May 10, 2013 3:37:43 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Alonso 

 

[2] From:        Larry Weiss < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         May 10, 2013 5:06:20 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: Alonso

 

 

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

Date:         May 10, 2013 3:37:43 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Alonso

 

I have a suggestion about Alonso’s resignation of the dukedom; it is a dramatic, not a historical suggestion. We discussed this problem when we did the Tempest on Appledore Island a few years ago. Antonio is putative Duke, but he holds the dukedom under Alonso—with whom he had entered into an agreement. Alonso provided troops for the coup, and Alonso’s man, Gonzalo, was in charge of spiriting Prospero and his daughter away. Thus, Antonio is Duke under Alonso, and Alonso, who hath given, can take away.  

 

David Richman

 

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

Date:         May 10, 2013 5:06:20 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: Alonso

 

>Thy dukedom I resign and do entreat

>Thou pardon me my wrongs. But how should Prospero

>Be living and be here?  [TEMPEST, 5.1.113-120]

>The problem: How can Alonso resign a dukedom he doesn’t 

>have? I’ve long known the discussion of Antonio’s near silence 

>in Act 5, and I’ve double-checked a few online facsimiles of 

>the scene in the folio, and there’s no mistaking the attribution 

>of the line to Alonso.

 

Easy one. As Prospero explained to Miranda (I.ii.111-16), Antonio subjected Milan to the suzerainty of Alonso, “To give him annual tribute, do him homage.” One could argue that Milan was not Antonio’s dukedom to give, but he surely held it in trust for Prospero. The trust might have been a constructive one, if Antonio had not been granted the trust by voluntary act of the lawful owner, but it was a trust nonetheless. Actually, the trust seems to have been an express one; at I.ii.70-75 Prospero says he conferred the government of Milan on Antonio much the same as Vincentio made Angelo his deputy duke (see M/M,I.i.17-21).  

 
 

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