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Richard II Pronunciation Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0915  Monday, 31 May 1999.

From:           Tal Carawan, Jr. <
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Date:           Friday, 28 May 1999 10:18:56 -0400
Subject:        Richard II Pronunciation Question

Good Morrow!

I am preparing some material from Richard II, and in looking at Act 3,
Scene 2, King Richard returns to England and mentions a castle.  While I
have seen the castle name as Harlech or Harlechly, most editions,
including the folio,  I have referenced,  refer to the castle as
Barkloughly.  Seems at least one editor can not content himself with not
being able to find Barkloughly on the map!  But I digress.

Based on "lough" being an English-Irish form of the Scottish "loch" (as
in body of water), I am pronouncing this name as

"bar-lock-lee"

What thinkest thou?  Any other interpretations?  The full line is...

"Barkloughly castle call you this at hand?"

Generally speaking I love this play by the way...it doesn't seem to be
performed often though.

I thank thee!

Tal Carawan, Jr.
 

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