[ilds] What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 19 10:06:11 PDT 2009

No, I would not say, "Hecuba is a thing of words only in the material  
world."  Words can allude to unreal things, like Dante's "candita  
rosa," and Hecuba is one of them.


On Oct 18, 2009, at 2:41 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:

> No doubt that our William also wondered about this very human habit  
> -- "habit" is not the precise word. Are we humans hard-wired to  
> react to the fake world of literature as if it were the real thing?  
> Hecuba is a thing of words only in the material world, yet worthy a  
> human's tear. So it goes.
> I ordered Norm's book this afternoon. Perhaps he will tell me.
> W. L. Godshalk *
> Department of English    *           *
> University of Cincinnati*   * Stellar Disorder  *
> OH 45221-0069 *  *
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Godshalk, William (godshawl)"
> "the problem of unreal people whom we think of as real"
> I think of women checking out at a grocery store and talking about  
> the soaps.
> ****
> As you would tell me, my friend:
> "Is it not monstrous that this player here,
> But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
> Could force his soul so to his own conceit
> That from her working all his visage wann'd,
> Tears in his eyes, distraction in's aspect,
> A broken voice, and his whole function suiting
> With forms to his conceit? and all for nothing!
> For Hecuba!
> What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
> That he should weep for her? What would he do,
> Had he the motive and the cue for passion
> That I have? He would drown the stage with tears
> And cleave the general ear with horrid speech,
> Make mad the guilty and appal the free,
> Confound the ignorant, and amaze indeed
> The very faculties of eyes and ears."
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