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Bernardo or Barnardo
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1895  Tuesday, 30 September 2003

From:           Tom Pendleton <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Sep 2003 14:21:00 -0400
Subject: 14.1889 Bernardo or Barnardo
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.1889 Bernardo or Barnardo

Both Folio and Q2 use Barnardo, and for speech prefixes Bar. Two minor
exceptions--for the stage direction in Act I, scene 2, Folio has "Enter
Horatio, Barnard [no o], and Marcellus"; Q2 has "Enter Horatio,
Marcellus, and Bernardo."  Harold Jenkins' edition claims that the "bad
quarto" of 1603 uses both Barnardo and Bernardo, although I find only
Bernardo in Albert B. Weiner's edition of that quarto. Many editors seem
to like Bernardo, perhaps because it's a more familiar form.

Jenkins notes (the irrelevance of) the murderers of Giuliano de Medici
in 1478--Francesco de Pazzi and Bernardo Bandini--i.e, Crazy Frank and
Bernie the Bandit.

Tom Pendleton

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