The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0299 Monday, 22 February 1999.
From: William Kemp <
Date: Saturday, 20 Feb 1999 20:06:13 -0500
Subject: Touchstone on the Lie
In a college production I'm working with, the actor playing Touchstone
asked a really good question: what's the difference among the lie, the
lie circumstantial, and the lie direct? A quick survey of notes in
various edition (including the Variorum) discovered little help. I
welcome any efforts to explain why saying "you lie" (the fifth degree)
doesn't lead immediately to a challenge.
And, by the way, our actor is finding Touchstone to be very funny. So
are the rest of the cast.
(not, as far as I know, related to the actor who quit Shakespeare's
company to perform a publicity stunt).