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Polonius and Kate
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0584  Tuesday, 30 March 1999.

From:           Carol Barton <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Mar 1999 11:49:48 EST
Subject:        Polonius and Kate

It occurred to me watching the Nicol Williamson version this weekend
that Hamlet and Polonius go through an exchange in III.3.340ff very
similar to the "very like the sun" stuff in Taming of a Shrew "Do you
see yonder cloud that's almost in the shape of a camel . . . ?") for
almost the same reason (that is, that Hamlet is demonstrating that he
can get Polonius to agree with anything he says, not because he's tamed
him, but because the old man is an ass).  Anyone want to make anything
of that?

Carol Barton
 

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