The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0910 Thursday, 27 May 1999.
Date: Thursday, 27 May 1999 11:49:07 +0100
Subject: Child Roland
In the quarto text of King Lear, Edgar's famous line (Sc. 11. 167 of the
Oxford edition, end of 3. 4. in Folio-based texts) reads 'Child Rowland,
to the darke towne come,', whereas the Folio has 'Tower came'. Either
noun could easily be a misreading of the other. In preparing an edition
based on the quarto I feel a duty to preserve 'towne', which makes
perfectly good sense. ('come' I take to be the old form of the past
tense.) Can anyone tell me, however, whether there is anything in
Arthurian legend which would support 'Tower'?
Professor Stanley Wells
The Shakespeare Centre