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SOURCE:   Philology. Theory & Practice. Tambov: Gramota, 2016. 8. Part 1. P. 19-21.
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Burova Irina Igorevna
Saint Petersburg University

Abstract. The article deals with the problem of the perception of the expression "the second best bed" from Shakespeares will both in Shakespeare studies and in fiction. Sharing the thought that the interpretation of this expression determines the treatment of the image of Shakespeares wife in scientific works and works of fiction the author suggests the reading of the strange phrase as an allusion to the text of "The Republic" by Plato that allows considering "the second best bed" as a metaphor of Shakespeares handwritten heritage.
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