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Why isn't one a number?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1355  Monday 2 August 1999.

From:           Allan Blackman <
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Date:           Saturday, 31 Jul 1999 02:43:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Why isn't one a number?

In Rom 1.2.29, Capulet says:

        Hear all, all see,
        And like her most whose merit most shall be;
        Which on more view of many, mine, being one,
        May stand in number, though in reckoning none.

where he is talking about his coming party and where, he says, Juliet
("mine") may be ranked first ("stand in number") by the onlookers.  Then
comes the odd phrase, "in reckoning none."

The various editors I have consulted all say this is a reference to the
saying, "one isn't a number"-but what does that mean?  Perhaps someone
can enlighten me.

Allan Blackman

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