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23 Sukthankar, of course, never recommended a simplistic use of the reconstructed text as a working tool. A cereful reading of the Introduction shows an ambivalence on Sukthankar's part. Elsewhere he claims that the reconstituted text is Hthe oldest fonn of the text which it is possible to reach on the basis of the manuscript material available. "24 In what sense is the reconstituted text "a form" of the text? Is it an approximation, or an ideal reconstruction? Perhaps the rule of universal attestation is nothing but a political compromise.

To chose a best manuscript and print it~ is also unsatisfactory. In this chapter I show that certain types of textual phenomena testify to textual practices which simply defy the underlying assumption of stemmatics. tual variation, in this case occurring not between manuscripts but within the same manuscript. Repetition is closely related to variation in sequence. v. S. , both for terminology and for the convenience of the many examples he supplies. This will have the advantage of enabling me also to use his exposition in order to raise methodological issues.

Both for terminology and for the convenience of the many examples he supplies. This will have the advantage of enabling me also to use his exposition in order to raise methodological issues. , among other things, of the German (Lachmmanian) school of textual criticism, Sukthankar often treats variation and especially expansion unsympathetically. Bh. BOR! vol. , xxxi-xlvii, especially xxxvii-xlv. "7 In the part of the Prolegomena where he compares the Northern and Southern recensions, he treats expansion~ or as he calls it, "inflation," as a vice to which the Southern scribes were particularly prone, though he later somewhat qualifies this position.

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