The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2278 Friday, 8 December 2000
Date: Thursday, 7 Dec 2000 12:55:40 EST
Subject: 11.2251 Re: Shakespeare's Characters and Publications
Comment: Re: SHK 11.2251 Re: Shakespeare's Characters and Publications
RE: D.A. Brooks
As I remember (far be it from me to stress the accuracy of my memory)
Brooks also discusses the Heywood 'taken down by ear' quotation in
reference to the possibility of actually 'memorial' quartos.
Does anyone know about the extent of 16th century short hand in this
regard? The only text I could find (that used by Pepys) had a far
slower rate of words to page than could be considered appropriate for
impromptu theatrical memorisation. (Assuming Heywood is not merely
referring to actors - who presumably would be unlikely to take texts
down by ear to which they already had access through the company).
All apologies to Brian Vickers for diverting his attention from Macbeth
to Kokeritz and for any outlandish paths of error down which I may have
lead him or others. Perhaps he may settle with Chettle that:
Its fond for them to fight against ghosts: its fearefull for me to hide
an Apprition: by concealing it I might doe my selfe harme and them no
good; by reuealing it, ease my hart, and doe no honest men hurt: for the
rest (although I would not willingly moue the meanest) they must beare
as I doe, or mend it as they may.
Let us mend then.