Possible King Lear Emendation
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0670 Monday, 11 April 2005
From: Larry Weiss <
Date: Sunday, 10 Apr 2005 17:04:48 -0400
Subject: Possible King Lear Emendation
In KL, III.ii.91 (the "Merlin prophecy") the Fool includes in his
catalog of improbable things "When usurers tell their gold i' th' field".
This is annotated by Riverside as "count their money openly." But I
wonder if a small emendation might make for an even more ironic and less
strained reading. If "tell" is a misprint for "till," the image
suggests the (impossible) natural increase of gold, as opposed to
"unnatural" usury. Cf, M/V.I.iii.95-96.
Has anyone suggested this possibility?
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook,
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>
DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.