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Re: Nay, very pale.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0724  Friday, 30 March 2001

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Mar 2001 11:06:38 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0707 Nay, very pale.

[2]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Mar 2001 11:10:08 -0800
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Mar 2001 13:24:08 -0600
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        Date:   Sunday, 25 Mar 2001 03:57:44 -0800 (PST)
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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 Mar 2001 11:06:38 -0800
Subject: 12.0707 Nay, very pale.
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0707 Nay, very pale.

One possibility is that this comment doesn't physiologically describe
the colour of ghosts, but of the humours.  Another explanation (more
likely, in my mind) is that Hamlet is suggesting a wrong response for
Horatio, that his father is flush when he was actually pale, much as he
suggests what seems to be the wrong colour for Hamlet senior's beard, or
tries to catch Horatio in a lie with the line "then saw you not his
face".

Cheers,
Se

 

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