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Teeth or Arms? A Titus Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0370  Tuesday, 10 February 2004

From:           Sherri Fillingham <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Feb 2004 10:37:47 EST
Subject:        Teeth or Arms? A Titus Question

I tried searching the database at Shaksper.net, and couldn't light upon
the search terms that could give me the info I was looking for.  So I
apologize in advance if this has already been gone over.

I have two different versions of Shakespeare (the Oxford and the Modern
Library).  In Titus Andronicus, Act III, Scene i, line 280-282, Titus
instructs Lavinia to carry off his severed hand.  In the Oxford, he
tells her to carry it off between her arms, in the other, he tells her
to carry it off in her mouth.

I have asked friends to check their versions, and almost all of them say
teeth.

But I'm curious as to where the "arms" reading comes from since my
version doesn't have a note on this.

Any help would be appreciated.

Sherri

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