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Oldcastle
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0799  Thursday, 1 April 2004

[1]     From:   Stanley Wells <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 31 Mar 2004 14:54:18 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0791 Oldcastle

[2]     From:   Thomas Pendleton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 31 Mar 2004 17:18:54 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0779 Oldcastle


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From:           Stanley Wells <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Mar 2004 14:54:18 +0100
Subject: 15.0791 Oldcastle
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0791 Oldcastle

O, sorry, I hadn't read the earlier postings, so should not have
intervened. I stand by the evidence for the substitution as set out in
the Oxford Textual Companion.

Stanley Wells

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From:           Thomas Pendleton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Mar 2004 17:18:54 -0500
Subject: 15.0779 Oldcastle
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0779 Oldcastle

It seems to me that at least some, if not most, of the early audiences
of 1 Henry IV associated Falstaff with Oldcastle.  If they didn't, the
epilogue to 2H4 doesn't make sense.  This is not, however, the same as
claiming that the text of 1H4, substantially as we have it, once had the
name Oldcastle where we now read Falstaff.  I see no evidence of this in
the surviving text and don't think it all that hard to deny the contrary
assertion; I both disbelieve and disapprove.  And since, so far as I
know, no edition but the Oxford CW has made the substitution of
Oldcastle for Falstaff, I think it's fair enough to say that the claim
for the validity of such a substitution has indeed met with seemingly
universal disbelief.

Tom Pendleton

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