The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2135 Friday, 3 December 1999.
Date: Friday, 03 Dec 1999 02:43:33 -0600
Subject: The Most Unkindest Cut
A Smock Alley promptbook of Hamlet from the late seventeenth century
was made from a copy of one of the folios. In it all of the soliloquies
are marked for cutting. The notion of Hamlet as a melancholy Dane with
philosophical dimensions clearly was not in the minds of Dubliners in
the late seventeenth century. I used to regale my students with this
odd bit of trivia when I taught the play to keep them from getting
excessive over the soliloquies.