He quickly reminded himself that he was a businessman, owning a ten percent share in The Globe. He was sure that the theater owners and publishers wouldn’t care who finished the plays, as long as Shakespeare’s name appeared on them. In that case, he could still collect his share of the receipts and his stock in the remaining plays for the future. He could copy out the plays and sell them as his own, just like before; or better yet, hire a lean and hungry youth to do it and sell the fair copies at a tidy profit.
Inspired by this vision, he returned to his room and gathered up the fair copy. Then he went to his master’s chamber and stuffed his portfolio with whatever papers he could find.
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