Monday, 13 August 2012

Bed of Ware - an Elephant Folio?

"Sir Andrew Aguecheek:  Will either of you bear me a challenge to him?

Sir Toby Belch:  Go, write it in a martial hand; be curst and brief; it is no matter how witty, so it be eloquent, and full of invention: taunt him with the licence of ink: if thou  thou'st him some thrice, it shall not be amiss;  and as many lies as will lie in thy sheet of paper, although the sheet were big enough for the bed of Ware in England, set 'em down: go, about it.  Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goose-pen, no matter: about it."

 Twelfth Night; or, What you Will  William Shakespeare

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