The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2400 Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Date: Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 15:53:26 -0500
Subject: Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern Writing
Andrew Murphy notes:
>On 'Greenfield' -- Pope, of course, thought that he was likely a
>supplier of furniture to the Globe. Hence, 'a table of Greenfield's'
Of course, the "t" in "table" could be a "c" since "t" and "c" look
nearly the same in the Secretary Hand -- which Shakespeare apparently
used. The word "cable" was flourishing in Shakespeare's time, but the
Hostess tells us that Falstaff's nose "was as sharpe as a Pen, and a
Table of greene fields." If someone can prove that cables were sharp in
and around 1599, and that Greenfield was a maritime outfitter, we have
solved the crux! Let Theobald and his emendations go hand!
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