The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1707  Friday, 8 September 2000.

From:           W. L. Godshalk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 07 Sep 2000 15:13:26 -0400
Subject: 11.1701 Re: Women's Roles
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1701 Re: Women's Roles

>Is there
>any evidence that castration was used in 16th-17th century England for a
>similar purpose?

After asking this question, it occurred to me that I had Twelfth Night
1.2.52-55 in the back of my mind.  Viola says: "Thou shalt present me as
an eunuch to him [i.e., Orsino]./ . . . for I can sing,/And speak to him
in many sorts of music/That will allow me very worth his service."

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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