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

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[3.6]Sc. 14

Enter a Scrivener
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scrivener Here is the indictment of the good Lord Hastings,

Editor’s Note2Which in a set hand fairly is engrossed,

Editor’s Note3That it may be today read o'er in Paul's.

pg 600Editor’s Note4And mark how well the sequel hangs together:

5Eleven hours I have spent to write it over,

6For yesternight by Catesby was it sent me;

Editor’s Note7The precedent was full as long a-doing;

8And yet within these five hours Hastings lived,

Editor’s Note9Untainted, unexamined, free, at liberty.

Editor’s Note10Here's a good world the while! Who is so gross

Editor’s Note11That cannot see this palpable device?

Link 12Yet who's so bold but says he sees it not?

Editor’s Note13Bad is the world, and all will come to naught,

Editor’s Note14When such ill dealing must be seen in thought.

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3.6.2 set … engrossed formal legal hand, is written out neatly in large letters
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3.6.3 Paul's St Paul's Cathedral
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3.6.4 sequel sequence of events
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3.6.7 precedent draft (from which fair copy was made)
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3.6.9 Untainted unaccused
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3.6.10 gross stupid
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3.6.11 palpable device obvious stratagem
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3.6.13 naught wickedness; nothing
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3.6.14 seen in thought perceived (only) in thought; i.e. not openly spoken of
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