The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1155 Friday, 26 April 2002
Date: Friday, 26 Apr 2002 06:12:20 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Shakespeare and Monkeys
A newspaper article for your weekend???
>From the Times (26 April 2002)
'A story of monkeys, typewriters and Shakespeare with a strange history
of its own'
If you shut a hundred monkeys up with a hundred typewriters, would they
eventually type the works of Shakespeare? Please do not say that you do
not give a monkey's. The monkey's expression-deleted in that phrase
signifying aggressive indifference is generally taken to be coarse. The
monkeys would chew and defile the typewriters rather than use them
according to the instruction manual. Shakespeare cares whether we make a
monkey of him. Apes get a poor press in his works. I care. And anyway,
the typing monkeys are a tired clich