The first folio consists of the first thirty six plays written by William Shakespeare. They were all written in this format, there are many
unusual writing techniques. For example, U's were often mistyped as V's. The letter S always looks incomplete or like the letter F. Another technique Shakespeare uses is adding the letter E at the end of words. Which means he wants the consonant letter before it to be emphasized. Also Shakespeare capitalized words he wanted to emphasize the first letter of that word. Although there is an exception of words starting the beginning of a line. Some lines will have end stops, it is a sign to pause and think about what was just said or what you are going to say next. There are quarter stops, half stops and full stops. Shakespeare writes using the iambic pentameter. If a line does not fulfill the iambic pentameter pattern then that is an indication of a pause, unless the next actor's line is a cut off line, then the pattern is finished by that actor. The people who performed these plays were not known as actor's but as "lord chamberlain's men". They were not given the whole script, they were each given all of their lines with a few words from the person who was speaking before them, as a indication of when they would speak. As high school students we now read the Foldger's version of this play because the folio was not meant to be read, but to be acted out. The end stops, of which I refered to earlier was meant to guide the lord chamberlain's men. It told them when to pause and how long to pause for. If it was a slight pause but not full it would be considered a quarter stop. If it was a pause for 2 counts it is a half stop, if it was a pause for 3 counts it is a full stop.