A Game at Chesse

By Thomas Middleton; R. C. Bald | Go to book overview
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T--Trinity MS.L--Lansdowne MS. (No. 690).
B--Bridgewater-Huntington MS.M--Malone MS. (No. 25).
I--first bad quarto.II--second bad quarto.
III--good quarto.

No attempt has been made to catalogue all the many and gross errors of the quartos. M has no stage-directions except those mentioned in these notes.


Found only in I and II. Whether or not Middleton was the author it is impossible to say.


Found only in M.


The Prologue is omitted in M. In L it is inserted between the Induction and the beginning of Act 1.


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Ignatius Loyola appearing...: so T, B, I, II; Enter Ignatius (discovering Errour sleeping): III; Ignatius Loyola and Error: L, M. 5. institutions: I, II.14. and founder: B.15. saluted by 'em: I, II; 7 yeares: B.18. saluted me: I, II.19. not roome: B.23. Letts: T, B, I, II.27. Sicelie and Ursula: L, M, III.28. the: omitted in B.

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32. too, trust mee: I, II.41. eye is inserted above the line in T in another hand.42. What Game prethee?: L, M, III.53.the stage-direction is from III; it is omitted in T, B, I, II.L has Enter ye white House & ye Black (as in order of the Game). 57. of all the Game: B.60. Corruptedly: III.65. Thy: all the texts but T.

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67. light performents: I, II.68. nor worthie: III.75. against the Game: I, II.79. rulde in by one: I, II.80. and view 'em: I, II. 83. Exeunt added at the end in L, M, III.

I. i.

L, M, III have Exeunt at the end of the Induction, and at the beginning of this scene L has Enter ye white-Queenes Pawne, & ye Black Queenes- Pawne; III has Enter severally, White Queenes Pawne, and Black- Queenes Pawne; M has The white-Queenes, & ye Black-Queenes


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