My interest in this passage was rather different: 2.1, in which Barabas retrieves his gold from the encloistered
Abigail, is an intimate, night-time scene with an obvious resemblance to Romeo and Juliet, whereas 2.2 is a big, open, public scene set in daytime.
Exchange of goods and services is restrained in this situation, and family relations may become more encloistered
when one is left without the means to share goods, services, and support.
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women engaging in creative performances such as play-acting and dancing, a withdrawn lifestyle centering on sensory gratification and all the homoerotic potential of such a pleasure-oriented, all-female setting.
The audience laughed repeatedly as Lucio forcefully, almost obliviously, pressed them on characters--his handing one to the Friar was both humorous and revealing of Lucio's self-absorption--what would the encloistered
Friar do with it?