The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0299  Wednesday, 7 February 2001

From:           Sean Lawrence <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 06 Feb 2001 09:50:29 -0800
Subject: 12.0276 Re: Welsh etc.
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0276 Re: Welsh etc.

Ed Taft asks,

>Now, Francis is a kind of everyman isn't he? -- just like most of us in
>the audience, a poor working stiff whose only crime is that he had a
>beer with the prince.  So isn't the Francis episode a demonstration of
>Hal's earlier claim that he "knows us all"?  His soliloquy at the end of
>1.2 is about manipulating us and making us like it, isn't it?

But Hal doesn't succeed.  There are several points in which, had Francis
shouted "Anon, anon" on cue, the results would have been hilarious, but
Poins misses his cue, so Francis misses his, so Hal's jokes lack their

Like the "play extempore", this scene seems to show the limits of Hal's
ability to manipulate others.


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