Academic journal article Connotations : a Journal for Critical Debate

An Addendum to "A Question of Competence: The Card Game in Pope's the Rape of the Lock"*

Academic journal article Connotations : a Journal for Critical Debate

An Addendum to "A Question of Competence: The Card Game in Pope's the Rape of the Lock"*

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There is a misleading sentence in my response to Oliver S. Baker: "As Baker reads it, then, the diamonds of iii.79 are the Baron's victorious leads, lying confused with the trumped hearts (of the Knight) and Belinda's (also trumped) clubs - the latter including the Queen of Clubs as well as the non-court club that Baker thinks Belinda played on the sixth trick (and that Tillotson thinks she played on the seventh trick)" (230-31; new emphasis). The italicized words should be applied to the afore-mentioned Queen of Clubs, not (as I have, inadvertently, implied) to the non-court club. As I explain in the preceding paragraph, Tillotson thought that Belinda's non-court card here was a diamond, not (as Baker believes) a club. Furthermore (although this is a relatively insignificant point), he thought that she played the Queen on the seventh trick (while Baker thought that she had played it on the sixth). …

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