2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0549  Monday, 25 February 2002

From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 23 Feb 2002 11:52:36 -0500
Subject:        "Chastely"

In AW/EW,III.vii.31-36 (Riverside, following F1), Helena says to Diana's
mother:

You see it lawful then.  It is no more
But that your daughter, ere she seems as won,
Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter;
In fine, delivers me to fill the time,
Herself most chastely absent.  After,
To marry her, I'll add three thousand crowns
To what is passed already.

The F2 editors, apparently to fix a perceived missing half foot in l.34,
inserted "this" following "after".  Many modern editors adopt the
emendation (e.g., Alexander, Kittridge, Dover Wilson).  (Riverside and
the Oxford editors retain F1.) It seems to me that F1 needs no
improvement.  The line does not halt if "chastely" is read
trisyllabically -- chaste-i-ly.  Is there any other evidence that this
was an accepted pronunciation?

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