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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0850  Wednesday, 12 May 1999.

[1]     From:   Alison Lynn Rentschler <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 May 1999 14:50:32 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Hamlet as a One Act

[2]     From:   Clinton Atchley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 May 1999 15:00:11 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: Juliet's Age and "Average" Age at the Time


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From:           Alison Lynn Rentschler <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 May 1999 14:50:32 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Hamlet as a One Act

In response to the query about whether it was too hasty to cut Ophelia,
I would have to say yes.  Ophelia seems to me to be an important
character in Hamlet, although she isn't on stage that often. Her
relationship with Hamlet is important, because everyone in the play is
affected by it.  I believe the lines between Hamlet and Ophelia suggest
they had an intimate relationship, and Hamlet just left her when he went
to England.  Laertes fights with Hamlet partially because of Ophelia's
death, which Laertes seems to think Hamlet was responsible for to some
extent.  Laertes was mostly getting revenge for his father's death, but
I don't think he would have hated Hamlet so much if he hadn't also been
upset about Ophelia's death.

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From:           Clinton Atchley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 May 1999 15:00:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Re: Juliet's Age and "Average" Age at the Time

In response to the question of marrying at an early age, I quote from
the anonymous author of Jacob's Well, an early 15c sermon cycle.  Read
thorn for th:  "Be weddyd in suche tymes of the 3ere as the lawe
assygneth.  Be weddyd of lawfulle age in age of 14 3ere 3if thou be
man.  And in age of 12 3ere 3if thou be womman.  Be weddyd for loue no3t
for mook.  Be weddyd for to fle synne & no3t for lust holyche.
Comounnyth to gydere to brynge forth frute to encresyn erthe wyth folke
and heuene wyth soulys."

Clinton Atchley
University of Washington

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