The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0210 Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Date: August 26, 2011 7:03:46 PM EDT
Subject: Re: More MV
>Another case in point is another AYLI line “Atalanta's better part”
>David Bevington and Anne Barton (Riverside) agree that Atalanta's
>better part is her “fleetness of foot” (I’m quoting both editors at
>once), but to me, that hardly seems likely, as the line is bracketed
>between “Cleopatra's majesty” and “Sad Lucretia's modesty.” If
>“fleetness of foot” is really “Atalanta's better part” then the
>passage seems comic, as in the following paraphrase: Rosalind
>has the awe-inspiring majesty of Cleopatra, the world-shaking
>virtue of Lucretia, and she can run really fast. Maybe it is
>supposed to be comic, but I think it’s very possible that both
>Shakespeare and his audiences had an understanding of
>“Atalanta's better part” which has been long lost.
Chastity seems the most obvious. (Note that modesty and chastity are not the same thing.)
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