The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1267 Wednesday, 14 July 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 13 Jul 1999 12:57:14 EDT
Subject: 10.1259 Re: Midsummer Questions
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1259 Re: Midsummer Questions
Two oddities about Egeus:
In the Folio text, he rather than Philostrate acts as the master of
ceremonies in the last act.
And that role seems to be one of those played by Shakespeare. According
to Don Foster's reports of his Shaxicon data, the "rare words" in that
role appear in extremely disproportionate frequencies in later texts
written by Shakespeare. His argument is that by tracking the
appearances of rare words, you can tell what the writer has been
reading. Seems like Shakespeare would read (and of course memorize) his
roles for acting and those words pop up in his writing.
Foster has been cross-indexing the plays and lots of other interesting
texts. We're waiting for him to finish his process.