The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1030 Saturday, 31 May 2003
Date: Saturday, 24 May 2003 11:54:48 -0400
Subject: Troubles of the Marriage-Bed
Here is a line that has always given me trouble and in production, I
felt that we never found an adequate gloss in relation to the scene.
From The Comedy of Errors:
This servitude makes you to keep unwed.
Not this, but troubles of the marriage-bed.
But, were you wedded, you would bear some sway.
Ere I learn love, I'll practise to obey.
What does Luciana mean, "troubles of the marriage bed"? Our director
used "inability to find a husband" assuming that "this" is the servitude
that Adriana criticizes although I know the actress used "fear of the
physical act." Any thoughts?
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