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Re: Elizabethan Staging; Roasted Crabs
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0484  Wednesday, 20 May 1998.

[1]     From:   Robert Appelbaum <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 May 1998 16:49:04 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0473  Re: Elizabethan Staging

[2]     From:   Stanley Wells <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 May 1998 08:34:29 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0449  Re: Roasted Crabs


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From:           Robert Appelbaum <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 May 1998 16:49:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 9.0473  Re: Elizabethan Staging
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0473  Re: Elizabethan Staging

On the issue of hearing and seeing, I'm afraid a quick look through the
OED doesn't much help.  Both expressions, "to see a play" and "to hear a
play" were current in Shakespeare's day, although if memory serves me
correctly (and those with a concordance handy or a superior memory can
perhaps set the record straight) Shakespeare prefers the expression "to
hear a play."  In 1693, the OED records Thomas Rymer as writing, "some
go to see a play, some to hear one."

Robert Appelbaum

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From:           Stanley Wells <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 May 1998 08:34:29 +0000
Subject: 9.0449  Re: Roasted Crabs
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0449  Re: Roasted Crabs

I admit to not having realised where the enquirer about roasted crabs
lived. If she will let me have an address, I shall be delighted to send
her a copy of an annotated edition of the play.

Stanley Wells
 

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