The comedies, histories, tragedies, and poems of William Shakspere . upposition thatthis allusion was meant by Shakspere be correct,the date of the play is pretty exactly deter-mined ; for the war of the League was in effectconcluded by Henrys renunciation of the Pro-testant faith in 1593. ^ Scene IL— Where America, the Indies?This is certainly one of the boldest anachron-isms in Shakspere; for, although the period ofthe action of the Comedy of Errors mayinclude a range of four or five centuries, it mustcertainly be placed before the occupation ofEphesus by the Mohammedans, and thereforesome c

The comedies, histories, tragedies, and poems of William Shakspere . upposition thatthis allusion was meant by Shakspere be correct,the date of the play is pretty exactly deter-mined ; for the war of the League was in effectconcluded by Henrys renunciation of the Pro-testant faith in 1593. ^ Scene IL— Where America, the Indies?This is certainly one of the boldest anachron-isms in Shakspere; for, although the period ofthe action of the Comedy of Errors mayinclude a range of four or five centuries, it mustcertainly be placed before the occupation ofEphesus by the Mohammedans, and thereforesome c Stock Photo
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The comedies, histories, tragedies, and poems of William Shakspere . upposition thatthis allusion was meant by Shakspere be correct, the date of the play is pretty exactly deter-mined ; for the war of the League was in effectconcluded by Henrys renunciation of the Pro-testant faith in 1593. ^ Scene IL— Where America, the Indies?This is certainly one of the boldest anachron-isms in Shakspere; for, although the period ofthe action of the Comedy of Errors mayinclude a range of four or five centuries, it mustcertainly be placed before the occupation ofEphesus by the Mohammedans, and thereforesome centuries before the discovery of America VOL. I. 138 ILLUSTEATIONS. ACT IV. [act IV. ^ Scene II.— Far from her nest the la2->wingcries, aioay. This image was a favourite one with the Eliza-bethan -nriters. In Lilys Campaspe/ 1584, we have, You resemble the lapwing, whocrieth most where her nest is not. Greeneand Nash also have the same allusion, whichShakspere repeats in Measure for Measure : With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest.Tongue far from heart.. [ Far from her nest the lapwing cries.] Scene II.— A fellow all in huff. • The Prince asks FalstafF, Is not a buffjerkin a most sweet robe of durance 1 Thebuff jerkin, according to Dromios definition, isan everlasting garment, worn by a shoulder-clapper. The commentators have thrown awaymuch research upon these passages. Steevensmaintains that everlasting and durance weretechnical names for very strong and durablecloth; but there can be no doubt, we think, that the occupation of the bailiff being some-what dangerous, in times when men were readyto resist the execution of the law with thesword and rapier, he was clothed with the ox-skin, the buff, which in warfare subsequentlytook the place of the heavier coat of mail. It is by no means clear, from the passage beforeus, that the bailiff did not even wear a sort ofarmour:— One whose hard heart is buttond up with steel. Scene II.— A hound that runs counter, andye

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