The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0910 Wednesday, 26 April 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 25 Apr 2000 14:02:23 -0400
Subject: 11.0906 Re: Towing
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0906 Re: Towing
In a primitive form of prize fighting popular in the 19C the combatants
stood toe to toe at a line drawn in the ground and whaled at each other
until one of them fell down and couldn't get up. This eliminated all
the boring stuff like circling, clinching and tactics, not to mention
running away. If one of the pugilists failed to "toe the line" at the
beginning of a round, he lost.