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Teeth or Arms? A Titus Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0469  Wednesday, 18 February 2004

From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Feb 2004 10:36:54 -0500
Subject: 15.0444 Teeth or Arms? A Titus Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0444 Teeth or Arms? A Titus Question

Leaving aside the vexed question of what sort of proofreading went on in
the shop of John Danter, "Armes" in Titus at TLN 1430 ("And Lauinia thou
shalt be imployde in these Armes," [Q1]) is not necessarily an error.
See OED under the second form of the word as a noun:  "II. Elliptical
senses. (Only pl. exc. in 9.)  6. The exercise or employment of arms;
fighting, war, active hostilites. to bid arms (obs.): to offer battle.
to carry arms: to wage war. to appeal to arms: see APPEAL v. 6b.   c1374
CHAUCER Anel. & Arc. 1 Fiers god of armes Mars the rede. c1590 MARLOWE
2nd Pt. Tamburl. II. ii, An hundred Kings, by scores, will bid him arms.
1662 DRYDEN Astr

 

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