Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 1

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Sc. 21.2

Enter Leonato and an old man brother to Leonato

Leo. How now brother, where is my cosen your sonne, hath he 2prouided this musique?

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Old He is very busie about it, but brother, I can tell you strange 4newes that you yet dreampt not of.


Leo. Are they good?

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Old As the [euent] stampes them, but they haue a good couer: they 7shew well outward, the prince and Count Claudio walking in a Critical Apparatus8thicke pleached alley in mine orchard, were thus much ouer-heard by 9a man of mine: the prince discouered to Claudio that he loued my niece 10your daughter, and meant to acknowledge it this night in a daunce, and 11if he found her accordant, he meant to take the present time by the top, 12and instantly breake with you of it.


Leo Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?


Old A good sharp fellow, I wil send for him, and question him 15your selfe.


Leo. No, no, we wil hold it as a dreame til it appeare itself: but I will 17acquaint my daughter withall, that she may bee the better prepared for 18an answer, if peraduenture this be true:

19go you and tel hir of it: coosins, you know what you 20haue to doe, O I crie you mercie friend, go you with me and I wil vse Critical Apparatus21your [skill]: good cosin haue a care this busie time.


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1.2.3, 6, 16 Old = brother. Throughout Modern, the speech prefixes for Old Man, Old, brother, or Brother are regularized to 'Brother'. See Textual Introduction.
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1.2.3 strangenot in jaggard
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1.2.6 euent allot; euents simmes
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1.2.8 mine → my
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1.2.8 muchnot in jaggard
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1.2.21 skill jaggard; shill simmes. The first letter in simmes is clearly an 's', but the second letter is damaged and difficult to read. Most editors have interpreted the damaged letter as an 'h', even though a compositor would normally prefer to set 'sh' using a ligature (and generally 'sk' was not a ligature).
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