In the stage directions for Act II of The Verge, as printed in Plays by Susan Glaspell, edited by C.W.E. Bigsby (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1987), p. 78, the fourth sentence reads “The whole structure is as if given a twist by some terrific force–like something wrong.” It should read,”like something wrung” as printed in the first edition of The Verge (Cambridge, MA: Small, Maynard & Company, 1922), p.58, and used as a source in Susan Glaspell: The Complete Plays, ed. edited Ben-Zvi and Gainor (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2010), , p. 247.. “Wrung” implies that someone/something altered the tower; “wrong” indicates a value judgment, a sense of rightness and wrongness, which is different and which alters the symbolic nature of the tower.
Contributed by Professor Linda Ben-Zvi, Tel Aviv University.
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