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Qs: Branagh *Hamlet*; Q1 *Hamlet*; Falstaff's Page
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0964.  Thursday, 19 December 1996.

(1)     From:   Lawrence Manley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Dec 1996 10:28:01 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   [Q: Branagh *Hamlet*]

(2)     From:   Donald Smith <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 16:43:46 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Oedipal Hamlet,....differences between Q&F?

(3)     From:   Mark Lawhorn <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 11:03:54 -1000
        Subj:   Query re Falstaff's Page


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From:           Lawrence Manley <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Dec 1996 10:28:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        [Q: Branagh *Hamlet*]

Is there any truth to a report I just heard (second hand) that there is a plan
to release Kenneth Branagh's new _Hamlet_ in two versions -- a four-hour
version to play in major cities and "art houses" and a two-hour version to play
in the mass-market theaters?  If so, would this plan be a latter-day instance
of the scenario imagined by the (old) New Bibliographers, in which original
London productions were cut (and otherwise altered) for provincial performance?

Lawrence Manley
Yale University

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From:           Donald Smith <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 16:43:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Oedipal Hamlet,....differences between Q&F?

Being a novice, I ask readers to please forgive the vague nature of this
question....

I was recently told that in Q1 of Hamlet, after the confrontation twixt Hamlet
and his mother in her chamber, they reconcile their differences and conspire
against Claudius.  Is this correct?  What is the change in the F edition
attributed to?  Is there a copy of Q1 on the internet?

Thanks
Don Smith

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From:           Mark Lawhorn <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 11:03:54 -1000
Subject:        Query re Falstaff's Page

I would appreciate leads on articles that deal with Falstaff's page (primarily
in 2 Henry IV and Henry V).  My concerns include the precarious socioeconomic
position the character occupies, societal anxiety regarding youth and vagrancy,
and ways the character may be a variation on the conscience stricken prodigal
motif.  I would also appreciate list members' comments on the boy's
accompaniment of Falstaff to the Fleet at the end of 2 Henry IV and on the
boy's position as masterless boy at Falstaff's death.  It seems significant
that the service of this youth is a commodity originating from Prince Hal, one
that suggests the dangerous exchanges involving youth and vice to which the
prince calls a halt (for himself anyway).  The boy almost seems a symbolic
surrogate for the Prince.  I had hopes that William Carroll's new book "Fat
King, Lean Beggar" would produce some leads, but alas, as helpful as it is in
many ways, the page in question doesn't come in for much play.

Mark H. Lawhorn   
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English Dept.
UH Manoa
 

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