The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0465 Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Date: Monday, 09 Jul 2007 13:49:30 -0700
Subject: Hogging all the best word orders
The NYTimes today had four writers imagine an ending to the Harry Potter
Polly Horvath imagines everyone dying in a blaze of glory--except Harry,
who trips, and Hermione, who survives and finds herself with a newborn
in a coffee shop, with pen and notebook. The waitress asks:
"Isn't it a bit tricky then, writing a bunch of books if you've never
written anything before?"
"Nah, I got it beat. I figure it's all in arranging words in some sort
of order. Sentences they call it. Like this one I come up with this
morning: 'Started out, Could nutshell myself infinite were bad dreams
God, I count, a king, oh, space bounded in not I have that and it of a
be.' Then I rearranged things a bit and got this: 'Oh God, I could be
bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space were it
not that I have bad dreams.' Don't know what it means."
"That's Shakespeare, that is," said the waitress.
"DRATS! Not again. He hogged all the best word orders. Never mind, I got
the whole day to reorder me words. Bring a piece of cake and keep them
cups of tea coming. I plans to knock off three of these suckers by
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