Mr Wilkinson's partisan infatuation with the Earl of Oxford stops him seeing that the decisions to support one authorship candidate rather than another is based on intuition, not logic. For example, if one starts with the assumption that William Shakespeare of Stratford was indeed the author, then all sorts of cross-connections follow, for instance, that he must have been a pupil of the Stratford grammar school and will have been taught by wise teachers such as Thomas Jenkins
- who will have introduced him to Ovid in particular, with the intensiveness which the works evidence. It is then perfectly possible to make connections which make sense.
Much the same applies to Shakespeare's Catholic background and John Shakespeare's Catholicism:
But the original decision to go with one vision rather than another is intuitive and must be.
It is, however, indeed very interesting that, where Shakespeare is concerned, we do seem to be suspended between alternatives, which must be chosen on an intuitive basis. All I am saying - for the moment - is that Wilkinson seriously underrates the intuitive appeal of William Shakespeare of Stratford as the author, if those natural connections are allowed to be made.