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Hawk and handsaw; beauty/booty
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1207  Thursday, 24 May 2001

From:           Alex Went <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 May 2001 23:12:40 +0100
Subject:        Hawk and handsaw; beauty/booty

Two questions:

1) I heard about five or six years ago an intriguing theory that the
hawk/handsaw distinction might refer to the war of the theatres; and
that the words in question may have had something to do with
coats-of-arms - a fretty chief, or whatever, and a hawk (from
Shakespeare's own crest?) identifying rival companies. Details, please.

2) Has anyone identified a booty/beauty pun in Sonnet 65? It would
require an or/o'er reading, too, but would allow 'of', I suppose. How
was beauty/beaut

 

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