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Re: Printers and Stationers in Early Modern Writing
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2400  Wednesday, 11 December 2002

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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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!

Bill Godshalk

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