Had to share this email I just got from regular contributor Carl Atkins (with his permission):
I have been noodling around with some research on Twelfth Night and came across this remark by H. H. Furness (in the preface to his New Variorum edition from 1901), which I just loved. I thought you might get a kick out of it: "If the use of the adverb 'probably,' in connection with all statements regarding Shakespeare, were legally forbidden on pain of death without the benefit of clergy, I think the world would be the happier, certainly the wiser."
I like that little bit about "without the benefit of clergy." From the days when a fate worse than death was dying without the benefit of clergy!
He then throws in this kicker at the end, which made me laugh out loud: Note that the passage of this law would have reduced Stephen Greenblatt's "Will in the World" to about 2 pages.
:) Thanks Carl!