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Re: Hamlet Act 4 Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1099  Saturday, 27 May 2000.

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 May 2000 12:47:18 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question

[2]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 May 2000 19:26:46 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question

[3]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 May 2000 20:42:24 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question


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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 May 2000 12:47:18 -0400
Subject: 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question

> Obviously the "Hide fox and all after" is in some way referring to a fox
> hunt but who is the fox?  Polonius' body?

No.  The line is evidently a reference to a hide and seek children's
game.  At this point, Hamlet runs away and R&C are supposed to chase
him.  I have never seen it staged otherwise.

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Date:           Thursday, 25 May 2000 19:26:46 EDT
Subject: 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question

Isn't hamlet the fox- guilty of the 'crime' and knowingly inviting the
chase. The rest is never silence...

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 May 2000 20:42:24 -0400
Subject: 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1094 Hamlet Act 4 Question

I don't own H. R. Kantorowicz' *The King's Two Bodies*, hence can't say
without getting to the library whether he cites the lines about the king
and the body and thing and no thing, but that splendid old historical
argument seems to be very relevant.

Dave Evett
 

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