The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0303 Monday, 10 April 2006
From: Joseph Egert <
Date: Friday, 07 Apr 2006 17:24:16 +0000
Subject: 17.0291 History of RINGS?
Comment: RE: SHK 17.0291 History of RINGS?
Alan Jones explains:
>If the "first finger" is the one next to the thumb, the "ring
>finger" should be the third, next to the little finger; but people
>seem usually to say "fourth". Compare the finger notation of piano
>music, where nowadays 1 means thumb and so on to 5 for the little
>finger, but in my youth + was used for the thumb, and the little
>finger was 4.
Swinburne (TREATISE OF SPOUSALS) voted "fourth" finger, or did he mean
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