A Game at Chesse

By Thomas Middleton; R. C. Bald | Go to book overview
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TEXTUAL NOTES
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.


THE PICTURE PLAINLY EXPLAINED

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


LINES TO MR WILLIAM HAMMOND

Found only in M.


PROLOGUE

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


INDUCTION

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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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