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Re: Time in Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1016  Thursday, 3 May 2001

[1]     From:   Steve Sohmer <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 May 2001 12:05:07 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet

[2]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 May 2001 09:38:51 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet

[3]     From:   Drew Whitehead <
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        Date:   Thursday, 03 May 2001 08:45:17 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet


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From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 May 2001 12:05:07 EDT
Subject: 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet

Dear Friends,

I'm sure many of you know that an English aged 30 attending school in
Wittenberg was commonplace in Shakespeare's time. William Tyndale, so we
believe, was 30 when he enrolled there.

Steve

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From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 May 2001 09:38:51 -0700
Subject: 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet

>How do you fit the gravedigger's reference to "thirty years since...."
>If Hamlet is a young man before the pirates take him, are we to assume
>he spent 8 or more years with them? Or was he one of the oldest students
>at Wittenberg U? Please enlighten. HR Greenberg MD ENDIT

I actually spend two chapters addressing exactly that question (and,
yes, some other questions as well), and expand on some points in a
couple of the appendices. So I hesitate to present a denuded version of
the argument here, in a few sentences.

There's a lot of evidence for my bald assertions. I'm interested to hear
whether SHAKSPEReans think I've marshaled that evidence effectively.

Thanks,
Steve
http://princehamlet.com

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From:           Drew Whitehead <
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Date:           Thursday, 03 May 2001 08:45:17 +1000
Subject: 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1012 Re: Time in Hamlet

> How do you fit the gravedigger's reference to "thirty years since...."
> If Hamlet is a young man before the pirates take him, are we to assume
> he spent 8 or more years with them? Or was he one of the oldest students
> at Wittenberg U? Please enlighten. HR Greenberg MD ENDIT

I take great comfort in the fact that Hamlet (like me) is a mature age
student.

Drew Whitehead

Twilight Pictures: The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher.
http://english.uq.edu.au/drama/fletcher/

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