The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0523 Monday, 13 August 2007
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.
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