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Re: Lines per Character
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0713.  Tuesday, 1 October 1996.

(1)     From:   Bradley Stewart Berens <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Sep 1996 21:40:30 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0712  Q: Lines per character

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        Date:   Monday, 30 Sep 1996 22:46:52 -0700 (PDT)
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(3)     From:   Thomas Berger <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 01 Oct 1996 07:58:25 EST
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Oct 1996 09:57:12 -0400 (EDT)
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(5)     From:   Tom Clayton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Oct 1996 09:18:48
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        Date:   Tuesday, 01 Oct 1996 10:34:23 -0400 (EDT)
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From:           Bradley Stewart Berens <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Sep 1996 21:40:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 7.0712  Q: Lines per character
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0712  Q: Lines per character

Dear Norm,

According to the invaluable tables in the back of T.J. King's CASTING
SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS: LONDON ACTORS AND THEIR ROLES, 1590-1642 (Cambridge UP,
1992)

Falstaff has a total of   542 lines
Hotspur has a total of    538 lines
Hal has a total of        514 lines
King Henry has a total of 338 lines

The tables also divvy up the lines by scene.

Hope this helps!

        Best wishes,
        Bradley Berens

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Date:           Monday, 30 Sep 1996 22:46:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 7.0712 Q: Lines per character
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0712 Q: Lines per character

Norman Holland should look in the Spevack concordance.  At the beginning of the
listings of words for each play, Spevack lists the total number of lines for
each speaking part.

Cheers,
Sean.

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Date:           Tuesday, 01 Oct 1996 07:58:25 EST
Subject: 7.0712 Q: Lines per character
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0712 Q: Lines per character

There is an edition by a person (a man) named ROLFE, in New York, 1906, who has
an appendix, or is it in the prefatory material, that lists the # of lines per
character, per scene, the total, and the % of the lines that character has in
the play. I think.

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From:           Norman J. Myers <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Oct 1996 09:57:12 -0400 (EDT)
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Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0712  Q: Lines per character

I'm not sure it'll help at all, but you might try W. Halstead's mulit-volume
SHAKESPEARE AS SPOKEN.

Norman Myers

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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Oct 1996 09:18:48
Subject: 7.0712  Q: Lines per character
Comment:        RE: SHK 7.0712  Q: Lines per character

Statistics of this kind are given in Marvin Spevack's *Complete and Systematic
Concordance to the Works of Shakespeare* based on the *Riverside Shakespeare*
and published in Germany by Olms, 9 vols., 1968-1980. Vol. 2 has the histories.
In round numbers, Falstaff has 23%, Hotspur 18%, Prince Hal 18% a bit over
Hotspur's.

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Date:           Tuesday, 01 Oct 1996 10:34:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0712  Q: Lines per character
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0712  Q: Lines per character

For Norm Holland,

The Pelican Complete Works of Shakespeare has a chart somewhere in its
introductory material that lists the top three characters per play in terms of
the number of lines, and also gives the exact counts for any characters who
have over 500 lines.  If I remember correctly (the book is at home), *1H4* is
the only play in which three characters (Hal, Falstaff, and Hotspur) have more
than 500 lines.

                                                        Michael Friedman
                                                        University of Scranton
 

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