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Kent's Banishment
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0523  Monday, 13 August 2007

From: 		David Crosby <
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Date: 		Friday, 10 Aug 2007 20:02:12 -0500
Subject: 18.0518 Kent's Banishment
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0518 Kent's Banishment

Nicole Coonradt wonders where Wells and Taylor got their versions. An 
answer can be found in R.A. Foakes' Arden Shakespeare Lear (Third 
Series, 1997).  He rejects "tenth" in favor of "next" to get "If on the 
next day following." He acknowledges that both Q and F read "tenth" but 
prefers Peter Blayney's "ingenious suggestion, assuming the word 
['next'] was misread as 'tenth,' which makes no sense."

Wells and Taylor accept Blayney's emendation for their Q-based text of 
_The History of King Lear,_ but oddly reject it for their F-based _The 
Tragedy of King Lear_, preferring instead Collier's 19th century 
emendation of "tenth" to "seventh," presumably because it fits the 
Folio's progression of fifth day, sixth day.

Editors are strange beasts, all in all.

Dave

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