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Touchstone on the Lie
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0299  Monday, 22 February 1999.

From:           William Kemp <
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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.

Bill Kemp
(not, as far as I know, related to the actor who quit Shakespeare's
company to perform a publicity stunt).

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