So at long last I’m getting time – granted, 5-10 minutes at a shot, but still – to sit and enjoy my First Folio that I got for my birthday.
Wouldn’t you know it, I found something to post about in my very first sitting.
I’m reading Much Ado About Nothing and noticed that on the bottom right corner of every page is a single word (or two), which turns out to be the start of the next page. At first I thought this was a typo of some sort, and then noticed that it happens on every page.
See that “Bene. That” at the bottom? Now check out the next page:
This happens all the time, whether it is one person who continues speaking, or the speaker changes. It does not always have the opening word like that – in fact, in a quick flip through I didn’t see any other examples where it included another word.
So my question is, what’s this all about? What purpose does that serve? Some sort of script clue to the reader about what’s about to happen on the next page, so there’s no unexpected break in continuity? That’s the only thing I can guess, although using just a single word to do it seems pretty minimal.
(By the way, it does not go unnoticed that the speaker abbreviations are all over the place. Sometimes he is ‘Bened’, sometimes ‘Bene’, sometimes ‘Ben’. The computer scientist in me hates that. Make a rule and stick to it, people!)