The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0500 Monday, 6 August 2007
Date: Saturday, 04 Aug 2007 20:14:58 -0700
Subject: Kent's Sentence: Four or Five Days?
When Lear banishes Kent from his kingdom in 1.1, the deadline differs in
the Quartos and Folio. F1 has Lear giving five days for "provision", and
stipulates that on the sixth Kent must begin his journey away from his
homeland. In Q1 and Q2 that is changed to four for provisioning and five
to leave. Both texts agree that the tenth day will mean a death sentence.
Any thoughts on this change? What happens in the play's timeline in
those four-five days that might be significant to Kent's sentence?
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