Here, Fallows suggests that the emender
was also a professional musician, and because this was one of the last pieces copied into the manuscript, the emendations could have been done at any time, even after the manuscript ceased to be used.
Whether or not Hopkins had taken the trouble to consult this Oxford edition, or whether he had looked at Johnson and Steevens' edition of 1772, which reprints Warburton's caveat, he was still committing what Warburton, a notoriou s emender
, had regarded as the purist's error of restoring what had never been there.
It is significant that the verb emender
has been used twenty-nine times in a relatively short play because its playful redundancy is indeed ironic.