Great job, @Leigha! I’m only now able to really dive in and you’ve already done the heavy lifting!
So, each new audio file has a line from Othello. Uh…why? I mean, I love me some Shakespeare, but what does that have to do with any of this? And why Othello? I can see the Emilia line being relevant since it’s what KR used to title is pantheon-forsaken videos. But the others…I’m just not sure. Are the Acts/Scenes/Line numbers important?
“If my outward appearance…” I.i.64-65
"Tis neither…" IV.iii.58
"I kissed thee…" V.ii.357-359
Now, those are the placements in my trusty Riverside Shakespeare that I keep at my desk (doesn’t everyone keep RS at their desks?). But if I look online, the lines are different:
Theses differences or more than a line or two so I’m wondering if there is more than one version of Othello. I think they were called folios (first folio, second, etc.) or maybe quartos but I could be misusing those term. Don’t know, I’m just desperately grasping at straws here.
So here are the line numbers where the phrase begins:
Do these give us anything? God, now that I’m looking at those numbers it seems ridiculous. So if that isn’t important about Othello than what is?
Oh wait, I’m an idiot. Let me look at the stupid RS sitting in my lap…
Ugh… I don’t think this helps us but I’ll type it here anyway in case anyone else can see importance in it. Apparently there is some confusion about when the version of Othello we know today was originally published. A quarto edition was published in 1622 and then again in the First Folio in 1623. A second quarto was published in 1630 but had some changes to the script. Incidentally, Shakespeare died in 1616.
Of course, all that said, the play could not have been written after 1604 since there is a record of the play being performed at court on November 1, 1604 (though, strangely, that record was once thought to be a forgery and has since been authenticated–can’t we trust anything written down any more?). But then there are “verbal echoes of Othello” found in the “bad” quarto of Hamlet in 1603.
So the only thing that I can see that ties Othello to Brandon is November 1, 1604. But he went missing on October 29th so I’m not sure if that’s what we should be looking at.
I’m not sure what’s important here. The lines? The words? The dates? What do you all think?
Wouldn’t it be funny if Othello was part of a once “lost collection.” Maybe that’s why its origins are so cloudy.