Shakespeare wrote prolifically 400 years ago. Find it interesting that there are NO COPIES OF ANY ORIGINAL poem, play, sonnet, etc from the Bard of Avon. These were written in modern English, after the printing press. But for each play, there are HUNDREDS of variants in the scripts. How do we know what Shakespeare REALLY wrote in his originals? A friend in the English/Drama department said that they follow guidelines. Many copies of copies of copies exist, all compounding the same errors, additions, etc. </font> They seek the oldest texts verifiable</font> They seek shorter readings that were not emended by additions, explanations, etc</font> They seek the best word choice in context</font> They seek common/consistent text of that era, not words or phrases popular a generation later</font> They seek the same style, vocabulary, etc as other works</font> It is said that there are an average of 25 variants of spelling, word choice, additions/omissions of words, phrase, sentences and even whole dialog PER PAGE in an average Shakespearean play. Our dilemma with the "missing" original autographs and textual variants from 2000 years ago are often LESS than Shakespeare. Just putting it into perspective.