The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1314 Wednesday, 18 June 2004
Date: Thursday, 17 Jun 2004 15:38:15 +0000
Subject: Egan him on
Trusting that the continued use of abbreviated references will not goad
the irascible too greatly and equally trusting that this thread does not
start to tread the yellow brick road that others of late have.....
Dr Egan's close reading skills and his academic acumen appear to have
momentarily deserted him. My heading was a textual crib to point up his
assumption and erroneous extrapolation about my jokey poke at a previous
presumption made elsewhere. It had nothing to do with digital text. To
then make erroneous assumptions from which to launch incorrect
extrapolations is surely 'gainst nature - except perhaps for those who
work south of the river.
If he craves pedantic absolutism in referencing electronic citations
then on the basis of his own approach to the subject he will have to
spend a bob or two on getting himself a copy of a brand new MHRA Style
Book (or similar guide) to help put his own rather wobbly navigational
approach to it back to gyroscopic perfection.
Regarding his current further (incorrect) assumption about what my
question cries, well, to borrow from the late dear old Ronnie Reagan,
(or was it Lear's Regan) "There you go again!"
I'm obliged for his determination to re-read my little piece of work but
beg him to take my original advice and read it in context. I urge him to
strive hard as much as he can, as he states he intends, to lower his
estimation. No one, if the shade of H L Mencken will forgive the loose
borrowing,- or was it P T Barnum? (who cares?) - ever became a bad
academic by underestimating my meaning.
"Living is easy with eyes closed misunderstanding all you see"
(Gloucester in King Lear Q4 text) 2Henry6 (TLN 60-61) ....nor shall
I...Coriolanus (TLN 3441)
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