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about a hundred comedias (we do not include several pieces of other types, such as entremeses or loas), and only two of these have their action laid in England while one is in Ireland. Moreto has thirty-three plays in his BAE selection, among which there is none of English locale. Presumably, England was just not considered dramatic material} any Protestant and northern country was apparently too "exotic" for Spanish compréhension) and wa3 perhaps considered too barbaric for cultivated attention . Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, Africa, the New World and numerous other portions of the globe were grist for the comedians mill, but not England. 2.That the play was actually performed is implied by the existence of its censura and by the fact that a number of copyists wrote the manuscript. The copyists were no doubt copying from the author's original; and were getting the comedia ready for presentation. 3.The author may have had no history at all in mind as he wrote the play. It may be, however, that he knew of the terrible English plague of 1563, which was brought back by English refugees from the port of Havre where as a garrison they had capitulated to the French. (The parallel with La reina -penitente is afforded by the ascription to the French of the plague that come3 into the play in Act III.) It is interesting also to note that in 1601 the hospitals of Spain were desperate for funds and were exercising pressure on the government to reopen the theaters. These had been closed in '98, at the death of Felipe II. The hospitals needed the monies that the theaters gave them as part of their support. It is possible that our author was doing a little propagandizinig for the theaters by his use of the Queen's hospital as an element of his play. Minutes of the Comediantes Meeting Hotel Statler, New York Tuesday, December 28, 1954 9:15-10:45 A.M. The meeting was attended by the following : Adams, Anibal, Rose Bartsch, Bartioli, Beninger, Castellano, Ada M. Coe, Dinamarca , Fichter, Sister Agnes Grace, Heilman, Hernández, Hesse, Hilborn, Hie, Ruth L. Kennedy, Leavitt, McCready, Marin, Lucy A. Nebiett, Parker, Peters, Pickering, Poesse, Margaret M. Ramos, Reichenberger, Roaten, Rovner, Helen Sears, Wexler, Marcia D. Yarmus. (Several other members in attendance failed to note their names on the sheet.) William L. Fichter was Chairman in the absence of Courtney Bruerton, who was reported as ill but fortunately recovering; Sidney F. Wexler, Secretary. Everett W. Hesse presented the business report: the Treasury contains some $70.00; 247 copies of the Fall, 1954 Bulletin were mailed to domestic and foreign readers; the forthcoming issue has room for an additional article or two. Prof. Hesse was then re-elected editor of the Bulletin by unanimous vote. (This gives him something to do while reposing as new president of the AATSP!) The major item for this substantial and well-organized meeting was Diego Marin's (University of Toronto) paper on The Technique of the Sub-Plot in Lope de Vega. Based on a study of some 50 of Lope's comedias, this short version of a longer study stressed that the secondary intrigues range from the very simple to the extremely complex, and that they frequently endow the plays with a novelesque character. The importance of studying the structure (as well as all other features) of Golden Age comedias was developed by several of the members during the discussion period in what constituted a stimulating commentary. (Sometimes, in the opinion of this member, the comments tended to assign to Lope reasons and methods for the multiple nature of many of his plots which might well be news to the monstruo himself.) Following this animated discussion period, Charles L. Adams distributed and read a paper on The Problem of the Motif-Index With Special Reference to Lope. It is a pity that there was inadequate time for more discussion of this topic, but Mr. Adams offers to give details by mail (The Co1Ky, of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio). In studying 115 of Lope's plays, Mr. Adams has found 165 distinct themes and motifs, occurring in 376 instances, representing...


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