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Kent's Banishment
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0500  Monday, 6 August 2007

From: 		Kerry J. Lambeth <
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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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