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Re: Buying the Farm; Jacobi Hamlet
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0877.  Tuesday, 1 November 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Christine Couche <
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        Date:   Monday, 31 Oct 1994 10:09:19 +0800 (WST)
        Subj:   Buying the Farm
 
(2)     From:   Paul Hawkins <HAWK@CONU2.BITNET>
        Date:   Monday, 31 Oct 1994 20:29:46 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Jacobi's Hamlet
 
 
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From:           Christine Couche <
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Date:           Monday, 31 Oct 1994 10:09:19 +0800 (WST)
Subject:        Buying the Farm
 
Although it may seem a little inappropriate for an Autralian to offer something
to a debate about an American slang phrase, I recently heard an American use
the phrase *buying the farm* in the context of someone dying prematurely and
violently - i.e. he bought the farm. Are we getting any closer to finding out
what this means?
 
Signing off from the Southern Hemisphere,
Chris Couche
 
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From:           Paul Hawkins <HAWK@CONU2.BITNET>
Date:           Monday, 31 Oct 1994 20:29:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Jacobi's Hamlet
 
My main memory of Jacobi's Hamlet is his delivery of "the pangs of despised
love" in the middle of the long list in that speech.  He cocked his head to one
side and looked off and said the line with a simple wistfulness. From start to
finish his performance surprised where the play was most familiar.  I'm sure
Lonnie Durham would agree.  Thanks to her and Marcia Hepp for reminding me of
it.
 
Paul
 

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