The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0906 Tuesday, 25 April 2000.
Date: Monday, 24 Apr 2000 11:36:12 -0700
Subject: 11.0894 Re: Towing
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0894 Re: Towing
This discussion gets Erier by the minute, if not decidedly untoeward.
Could someone be getting confused in and around "toeing the mark" and
"hewing to the line" which means working closely and precisely to a
given guide? Eric Sloane, in one of his wonderful works on early
American tools, woodworking, etc. describes the procedure of using a
hewing axe to trim a log (felled with a felling axe) to a chalk line.
Of course, the older members of this list may be further confused by an
old practice dating to the sixteenth century which probably never
crossed the Atlantic, of "drawing the line" with the cut of a plowshare
across a field to mark the limit of one's holding. Now, let this humble
shoemakerstop looking above his last, but put his nose to the wheel and
shoulder to the grindstone of Shakespeare study.