The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0897. Friday, 5 September 1997.
From: Louis C Swilley <
Date: Thursday, 4 Sep 1997 12:26:16 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Ophelia and Claudius
1) Where and when has the dutiful Ophelia had the opportunity - and
inclination - to learn the bawdy songs she sings in her madness? In his
*Wilhelm Meister*, Goethe has his hero account for the inclination, but
not for the opportunity. Anyone...?
2) Has anyone seen a production of Hamlet in which Claudius hesitates
before asking Hamlet to remain at court rather than return to
Wittenberg? I suppose that, swung into without pause, Claudius' gesture
here is a bit of swaggering, misplaced self-confidence in his new
L. Swilley, Houston