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Wooden O?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0521  Thursday, 16 March 2000.

From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Mar 2000 09:06:35 -0000
Subject:        Wooden O?

In last week's TLS, Sir Ernst Gombrich floats the idea that the "Wooden
O" of the Prologue to Henry V should in fact be pronounced as "wooden
nought" (or naught).  It is already recognised (in e.g. T.W. Craik's
Arden 3 edition) that the references later to "figures" and "ciphers"
play on the figure zero.  What do people think?

John Briggs

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