An Account of the Only Known Manuscript of Shakespeare's Plays: Comprising Some Important Variations and Corrections in the Merry Wives of Windsor, Obtained from a Playhouse Copy of that Play Recently Discovered

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J.R. Smith, 1843 - 24 pages
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Page 10 - The Council shall know this. Fal. 'Twere better for you if it were known in counsel: you'll be laughed at.
Page 14 - Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her husband's name is Ford. Fal. Well, sir. Ford. I have long loved her, and I protest to you, bestowed much on her." The conduct of this is entirely changed in the manuscript, which reads as follows :— " Ford. There is a gentleman in this town, his name is Ford, whose wife I have long loved. Fal. Well, sir. Ford. And, I protest to you, bestowed much on her.
Page 18 - Natures thy friend." This single emendation is sufficient to stamp a value on the manuscript. Throughout this scene are a variety of alterations. At p. 79, the manuscript reads, " I am come before to tell you,
Page 22 - ... which inclines me to think that it must have been copied for some private exhibition, so common, according to Kirkman, during the Commonwealth. If so, the corrections made in it were probably by some one who had seen this play acted, and had remembered the players' versions of those passages he has altered.
Page 19 - This speech leaves off abruptly, and I have little doubt that we should read, with the manuscript.— " Her father will be angry else.

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