Love’s Labour’s Lost, 1598

Love's Labour's Lost, 1598Fig. 1

Loves Labours Lost, 1598, frps., Ed Vere.
Fig. 2

      The plaintext contains a single “V”, and begins the word “VERE”.  Coincidence or intelligent design?
               Note:  The double vs in the word vvas” were retained under the assumption that the letter-string revealing the word VERE does not appear when a w is used.  Looking at this logically, the case is not:  that a w was changed to double vs, so as to allow the VERE to appear — but rather the “w” in vvas, can be seen (and often is) as a cryptographic method used (1) to thwart a decoder, especially when the plaintext is long.  In 1598, decoding meant writing out a plaintext by hand.  The decoder had to decide whether the double vs, were an internal clue to alert those in the know that a coded message was present, and that two units were required in order to reveal the letter-string; and/or (2) to change the two vvs to a w as  the two vvs are ‘intended to be pronounced as a w, even though double v is shown — in order  to reveal a letter-string; and/or (3) to array the plaintext using both methods.
       In the above plaintext, a decoder would necessarily have to spend an enormous amount of time writing out each array, being sure to use a shift-of-one transposition equidistant letter sequence–using all the above methods — to cover all bases.  And even then, finding a letter-string might just be considered an anomaly, a quirk of letter-placement, hardly damning (in the case of the plaintext under study) to Edward de Vere with respect to bringing criminal charges against him. 
     The above in condensed form is:  I personally array plaintexts using all methods when I come across a vv rather than a w (as they are intended to be) because I have the time, a computer, the passion to do so, and the degree of belief that some letter-strings are deliberately placed by intelligent design.  Therefore, the time is well-spent.


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