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Steve Sohmer

‘Telephone’ and pre-PC Britons call ‘Chinese Whispers’. 22 In that parlour pastime a line of people whisper a message one to another. The message, which began as simple and sensible, becomes more garbled with each re-transmission, and emerges at last as laughable gibberish. Here is how Harvey, Nashe, and Shakespeare played the game: In 1578 Harvey had written: ‘ Manus

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind