The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1110 Friday, 6 June 2003
Date: Thursday, 05 Jun 2003 14:50:41 +0000
Subject: Marry, you dost wrong
(14.1059) "especially at a time when more marriages were arranged than
entered into willingly:"
This requires some clarification not the least because it creates two
conditions that are obscure and it cannot be verified. Arranged
marriages (a term which needs defining) need not necessarily be entered
into unwillingly as is implied. Relevant and valid information to
support the contention is extremely sparse or not available. (Nor is it,
as far as England goes, about similar, but not identical, circumstances
today - even with all the vastly collected and collated available
governmental statistics - as the Registrar General admitted to
Parliament only a few months ago.) Anecdote, fiction and subjective
writing mainly by females -my wife has allowed me to write this sentence
- is heavily quoted as fact and frequently plugged in out of context, as
padding to reach a word count target, and as secondary and even tertiary
sources with little if any discriminatory examination but with much
contentious conjecture. These things hath a way of becoming "fact".
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