Re: Scene Divisions in MND
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0428 Wednesday, 1 March 2000.
From: Briggs John <
Date: Wednesday, 1 Mar 2000 08:29:59 -0000
Subject: 11.0410 Scene Divisions in MND
Comment: RE: SHK 11.0410 Scene Divisions in MND
Bill Godshalk seemed to be requesting help with the scene divisions in
MND. Ever willing to be helpful, I checked Arden 2, Oxford, and Oxford
Complete Shakespeare (Original-Spelling Edition + Textual Companion).
In fact, the scene divisions seem quite straightforward. There are two
examples of the "scene division" in dispute (clear stage with no
time-break) at OCS lines 1394 and 2064. Rather more interesting is the
fact that the Folio Act divisions for Acts 3 and 4 occur when the stage
is not quite clear (sleeping characters)! There are no scene divisions
I would make the following recommendations for scene divisions. If you
are making a modern-spelling edition, follow the traditional act and
If you are making an original-spelling edition, ignore the act
If you are putting on a production, have your interval after 3.1/981.
My argument is that F scene divisions may be trusted, but act divisions
should be treated with scepticism.