The Plays of William Shakespeare
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 476 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: As fool and fight is,2 beside forfeiting Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring, (To make that only true we now intend,3) Will leave us never an understanding friend. such a show As fool and fight is, ] This is not the only passage in which Shakspeare has discovered his conviction of the impropriety of battles represented on the stage. He knew that five or six men with swords, gave a very unsatisfactory idea of an army, and therefore, without much care to excuse his former practice, he allows that a theatrical fight would destroy all opinion of truth, and leave him never an understanding friend. Magnis ingeniis et multa nihilominus habituris simplex convenit erroris confessiO. Yet I know not whether the coronation shown in this play may not be liable to all that can be objected against a battle. Johnson. the opinion that we bring, ( To make that only true we now intend, )'] These lines I do not understand, and suspect them of corruption. I believe we may better read thus: the opinion, that we bring Or make; that only truth we now intend. Johnson. To intend, in our author, has sometimes the same meaning as to pretend. So, in Kins Richard III: The mayor is here at hand: Intend some fear . Again: Tremble and start at wagging of a straw, Intending deep suspicion. Steevens. If any alteration were necessary, I should be for only changing the order of the words, and reading: That only true to make we now intend: i. e. that now we intend to exhibit only what is true. This passage, and others of this Prologue, in which great stress is laid upon the truth of the ensuing representation, would lead one to suspect, that this play of Henry the Vlllth. is the very play mentioned by Sir H. Wotton, [in his Letter of 2 July, 1613...