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Re: Hamlet/Laertes
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1332  Wednesday, 28 July 1999.

From:           Andy White <
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Date:           Tuesday, 27 Jul 1999 14:58:28 -0400
Subject: 10.1325 Q: Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1325 Q: Hamlet

I think Horatio's speech is intended to point out specific victims to
Fortinbras, "deaths put on by cunning" referring to Hamlet's death by a
tainted sword.  Look at Horatio's list, and you'll very likely find one
dead person for each specific type of death ...

It's understood, almost without need for citation from scholarly text,
that Laertes is a hothead, while Hamlet is cautious and in need of
serious proof before he takes his act of revenge.  There is a nice
symmetry in their uses of churches, too.

Andy White
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