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"I deny your major,"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1686  Tuesday, 5 October 1999.

From:           Geoffrey Forward <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Oct 1999 16:08:15 -0700
Subject: 10.1632 Re: Jonson Edition
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1632 Re: Jonson Edition

I'm curious to know if the new Cambridge Complete Works will include as
a note on Falstaff's line, "I deny your major,"  I Henry IV, 2.4.467, my
analysis of Falstaff's unstated syllogism? It was published in the
Shakespeare Quarterly, Fall, 1990, under the title, "What 'Maior' is
Falstaff Denying?.

The article glances at Hardin Craig's suggested syllogism. Also, before
the Quarterly would publish it, I was asked to comment on David
Bevington's suggested syllogism.

The article is reprinted on the website.

For those of you who won't have time to look up the article, I believe
the correct syllogism is:

Major: All men who run are cowards
Minor: Falstaff ran
Conclusion: Falstaff is a coward


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