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Possible King Lear Emendation
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0683  Tuesday, 12 April 2005

[1]     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Apr 2005 16:08:47 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0670 Possible King Lear Emendation

[2]     From:   Tom Krause <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Apr 2005 21:41:41 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 16.0670 Possible King Lear Emendation

[3]     From:   Duncan Salkeld <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Apr 2005 11:15:12 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0670 Re King Lear Emendation


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From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Apr 2005 16:08:47 -0400
Subject: 16.0670 Possible King Lear Emendation
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0670 Possible King Lear Emendation

Larry Weiss suggests: "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."

I quickly checked a couple of collations (Riverside and Wells/Taylor)
and this emendation is not noted.

Bill

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From:           Tom Krause <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Apr 2005 21:41:41 -0400
Subject: Possible King Lear Emendation
Comment:        SHK 16.0670 Possible King Lear Emendation

Larry Weiss asks whether anyone else has suggested the emendation of
"till" for "tell" in "When usurers tell their gold i' th' field" . . .

To use the sort of "logic" you have professed to admire in the past:
I've done some looking and I've found that nobody has proposed this in
the last 400 years, so it must be wrong.

Seriously, I like it (and OED.5 lends some support to your obsolete
usage of "till").  It's good to see you thinking outside the box.

Tom Krause

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From:           Duncan Salkeld <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Apr 2005 11:15:12 +0100
Subject: 16.0670 Re King Lear Emendation
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0670 Re King Lear Emendation

The Merlin passage is omitted in the 1608 Quarto, and the Folio line
(TLN 1744) has no difficulty in distinguishing the 'i' from 'e' in
'field'. Furthermore, the context (3.2.81-96 in Foakes, Arden 3)
suggests a series of unexpected reversals or changes in the customary
pattern of things, and so the line makes perfect sense as it stands,
since usurers would presumably wish to 'tell' or count their money in
small, relatively secure rooms. Neither Arden 2 nor Arden 3 see a
difficulty with the line and, without any problem that emendation might
solve, it is surely right to leave F as it is.

Duncan Salkeld

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