Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0122. Friday, 24 January 1997.
From: Diana E. Smith <
Date: Friday, 24 Jan 1997 07:20:18 -0500
Subject: A Very Drab
I wonder if someone could help me with Hamlet's lines "Prompted to my revenge
by heaven and hell,/Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words/And fall
a-cursing like a very drab,"
Why the comparison to a whore exactly? How is his "unpacking" similar to a
whore's? Are we supposed to consider the comparative "rightness" of their acts?