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|Omitted from the Hartfied edition
Written by Tarn
(4/5/2008 4:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A Hartfield edition of Shakespeare, penned by Barbara
HERMIA O cross! too high to be enthrall'd to low.
LYSANDER Or else misgraffed in respect of years,--
HERMIA O spite! too old to be engaged to young.
LYSANDER Or else it stood upon the choice of friends,--
HERMIA O hell! to choose love by another's eyes."
At the moment, Harriet appears to be Hermia, and Emma, Egeus (when they are not Io and Brieze!)
QUINCE A lover, that kills himself most gallant for love.
BOTTOM That will ask some tears in the true performing of it: if I do it, let the audience look to their eyes; I will move storms, I will condole in some measure. To the rest: yet my chief humour is for a tyrant"
At the moment, I cannot see Emma as a Helena. Although she might be a Puck, or the Faerie Queene, refusing to surrender her page in spite of what Mr Knightely says.
There seems to be a very powerful hint dropped with that remark about the walnuts. Robert Martin the farmer might think October a rational season to gather nuts, but, in folk lore, the Pagan revelry associated with that activity does not occur then. This is the season for sowing his winter wheat, and biding his loss awhile through the cold dark days.
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