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aafirst line seems to be missing 5 years 2 months ago #2408

Henry IV, Pt. 2 Act I, Scene 1

After the Induction, some copies have the following first line:


Enter Lord Bardolph at one door. [ He crosses the stage to the other door ]


This line seems to be missing in the First Folio. Does anyone have any ideas why?

Also, in which version does that stage direction appear?

thanks and regards all
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aafirst line seems to be missing 5 years 2 months ago #2409

That's not in the FF nor in any Quarto I've seen. No idea where that could be from.
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aafirst line seems to be missing 5 years 2 months ago #2410

Hi shakespeare (XLNT name !)

Thanks for the quick resonse.

The line is from my copy of 'The Complete Oxford Shakespeare'
Guild Publishing London.

I am totally bemused by it all.

I try the First Folio, and find that Scene 1 is printed as scene 2!

Then I find that an earlier Quarto (the same edition as this forum uses)
has a different beginning than mine.

I would have thought that the First Folio, being a true copy and all that stuff,
would be THE reference in these matters.

Has anyone done any research into the F Folio 'errors' I wonder?

Well, thanks a bunch friend.

Regards to all
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aafirst line seems to be missing 5 years 2 months ago #2413

Ah, well that explains it... Tsk, tsk, Mr. Wells. :)

Yes, it appears the FF editors considered the Induction as "Scene 1". It's a good idea to take scene numbers with a grain of salt, For example, Shrew starts with Act 1, Scene 1, but doesn't have anything until suddenly it's Act Three. Then again nothing until suddenly it's Act 5.
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aafirst line seems to be missing 5 years 2 months ago #2414

Ah!

Thank you kind sir.

Thought I was going a bit denser than usual.

I like to use the first Folio whenever I can, but I have not got around to making
a paper version. I must admit, I saw what seemed to be a modern version
of the First Folio in a bookshop a couple of years ago. I did noy get to look
inside it, on account of plastic wrapping.

Anyway, thank you one mor time

regards all.
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