The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0504 Tuesday, 26 May 1998.
Date: Monday, 25 May 1998 21:49:43 -0400
Subject: Troublesome quotations
I would not normally trouble the list with this sort of thing, but I
have recently been troubled by two quotations from quite different
sources which I cannot place/identify or find anything about.
1. Peter Kellner, writing about politics in the 19 April 1998 +Observer+
opens his column by talking about the Globe theatre in Shakespeare's
time and says, "So each morning the theatre raised coloured flags to
describe that afternoon's play. Blue stood for comedy, red for
tragedy." Where does he get this? I know the theatre's flew their
flags to indicate a performance but red or blue? Have I reached my
great age and never registered this basic piece of information?
2. Legible clothing. I bought a "Groundling" t-shirt at the Globe in
January. There is a quotation on it: "Let that clapper, your tongue,
be tossed so high, that all the house may ring of it. . . ." I know it
is not from Shakespeare. I have asked the Globe (electronically) about
it and was told they would get back to me. They never have. I find it
in no obvious books of quotations and similar reference books. I do not
like to wear clothing which has quotations for I cannot provide sources.
No one can say I ask this list run of the mill questions.
William Proctor Williams