Wednesday, September 22, 2004


The Importance of Punctuation

Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, 5.4.8-12:
"Edwardum occidere nolite timere, bonum est:
Fear not to kill the King; 'tis good he die."
But read it thus, and that's another sense:
"Edwardum occidere nolite, timere bonum est:
Kill not the King; 'tis good to fear the worst."

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