For reasons that I’ll be able to go into at a later date, I’m eyeballs deep in some Shakespearean word origin research. Currently looking into “far-off,” and while my initial sources pointed to Henry VI Part 2, I double checked OED and found them pointing to Midsummer Night’s Dream. So I always go back and see why I might have missed a reference. I’m not counting the fact that OED Second Edition seems to date MSND at 1590, by the way, which is apparently odd – everybody else has it 1595-96.
Anyway, OED cites this line from Demetrius (IV.i):
“These things seem small and undistinguishable,
like far-off mountains turned into clouds.”
Here’s the thing. That line is not in Open Source Shakespeare, which is where I’ve been checking all my references.
So I go back to my old source, the MIT version, which is really just the public domain Moby version. Nope, not there either!
Ok, fine. To the First Folio!
And there it is!
So, what the heck?
Both Open Source and MIT have the same version where Demetrius’ line just drops off at “undistinguishable,” complete with the comma.
I did not realize that Open Source is, in fact, based on Moby as well. It’s certainly better than the MIT version with the markup, search and structure it provides, but it looks like all the errors have been carried over as well. That’s a shame.
I also guess this means I can’t use Open Source Shakespeare as my primary research source. That’s a bit of a bummer.