Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 704. Tuesday, 2 November 1993.
From: Ronald Dwelle <
Date: Tuesday, 02 Nov 93 08:25:35 EST
Subject: My FAQ
I put this inquiry on Shaksper several years ago and got no response. Perhaps
now that the list of members has grown, someone will have an answer.
Gertrude refers to Ophelia's garlands, made of "long purples that liberal
shepherds give a grosser name" (IV, vii,171).
What's the grosser name?
(I notice that Bevington's recent edition glosses it as perhaps "dogstones" or
"cullions"--which doesn't seem too gross, even for Gertrude. I'm guessing it's
something more graphic?)