Talk:The Merchant of Venice

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Edition: The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare [Craig, Oxford edition] November, 1998.
Source: The Merchant of Venice from Project Gutenberg Etext #1515, currently named "2ws1810a.txt"
Contributor(s): Kalki
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why the formating of " 'The fire seven times tried this; "???

Simply a typo I never noticed until now. It has now been corrected. ~ Kalki 12:37, 20 Nov 2004 (UTC)

what is the provenance of this text?[edit]

What is the source of this text? Aren't there several possibilities? Can someone address how the spelling variations were handled?

As with most of the Shakespeare plays which I formatted into Wikisource documents at the start of the project, I simply re-formatted one of the public domain texts available at Project Gutenberg. The only exception that I recall was one play where their public domain version was incomplete, a fact which I pointed out to them, and then found another public domain source to use. For The Merchant of Venice, the text I used was almost certainly Project Gutenberg Etext #1515, currently named "2ws1810a.txt", and based on the Oxford edition. Their peculiar distribution license of public domain material states a preference for all reference to Project Gutenberg to be deleted from a file if it is not an exact copy of theirs, and distributed under the Project Gutenberg trademark (which would carry further obligations):
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There can actually be no restrictions on the public domain material such as they provide, but their restrictions do apply to their trademark and their license text, which is one reason that I have here quoted only a small fair-use portion. ~ Kalki 16:12, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

textinfo box[edit]

I've added a textinfo box. This is my first attempt at this, so please let me know if I got anything wrong.

Thanks! Webbbbbbber 20:57, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Salanio and Salarino[edit]

Aren't they known as Salerio and Solanio in other texts? 23:00, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Another minor typo ('fike' instead of 'like')[edit]

Shylock's speech in Act 4 Scene I:

"You have among you many a purchas’d slave, Which, _fike_ your asses and your dogs and mules, You use in abject and in slavish parts,.."

-- 17:04, 11 May 2015 (UTC)