Re: Jowell/Taylor Argument: *MM*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0505. Thursday, 22 June 1995.
From: W.L. Godshalk <
Date: Wednesday, 21 Jun 1995 14:41:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0493 Re: Taylor/Jowell Argument: *MM*
Comment: Re: SHK 6.0493 Re: Taylor/Jowell Argument: *MM*
Last night I spent some time analyzing the Jowett/Taylor argument that the
Folio MM was set from a transcription by Ralph Crane of a "prompt-book." Part
of their case rests on the assumption that TLN 1248 (3.1.43), "Enter Isabella."
is a misreading. They claim that the following speech "is without doubt spoken
within" (114) -- "within" -- i.e., not on stage. They believe that Isabella
enters six lines later, and that Crane misinterpreted a premonitory direction
written in the margin by the bookkeeper.
There is no reason to accept their assertion that this speech is "without doubt
spoken within" (114). Bevington in his edition has Isabella enter at TLN 1248
-- and supplies a stage direction to indicate how this entrance can be handled
onstage. (The Signet Classic brings her on at the same place without comment.)
So Jowett and Taylor are wrong about "without doubt."
There are other problems with the Jowett/Taylor argument.
Yours, Bill Godshalk