Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 49. Wednesday, 5 Sep 1990.
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 90 22:55:08 EDT
From: steve urkowitz <SURCC@CUNYVM>
Subject: 1.0047 Titus and "Remunerate"
Comment: Re: SHK 1.0047 Titus and "Remunerate"
I guess we have to live with a degree of insecurity about how some
lines sneak into some texts and not into others. I recently heard
Peter Blayney spin out a whimsical explanation of how "Not an houre
more, nor lesse:" enters LEAR at 2816. Blayney figures that his
compositor is madly inventing ways to fill up whitespace for poorly
castoff copy at the opening of his gathering "ss". Well, maybe.
But, damnit, the line-chunk reads wonderfully however hypermetrical
it may be. And even if the inky devil did the dirty deed, why not
let it fly? Perhaps we're caught trying to squeeze the multiplicity
we know about back into the tiny box of simplicity. If we agree that
sometimes Shakespeare made changes, and sometimes other people changed
his texts, and sometimes we can't tell who did what, then we have to
find a way to live with that. We need to print two versions somehow.
Yes? Why insist on THE AUTHORITATIVE or even THE AUTHOR'S TEXT?
Gary Taylor dubs in his version, as does David Bevington.