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Re: Hawk and Handsaw
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1298  Thursday, 31 May 2001

[1]     From:   William Proctor Williams <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 May 2001 15:25:17 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1261 Re: Hawk and Handsaw

[2]     From:   Sarah Herbert <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 May 2001 14:53:22 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1261 Hawk and Handsaw


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From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 May 2001 15:25:17 -0400
Subject: 12.1261 Re: Hawk and Handsaw
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1261 Re: Hawk and Handsaw

What strikes me about all the postings on this subject is that although
Hamlet says he can tell the difference between a hawk and a handsaw, it
is not absolutely clear that we can.

William Proctor Williams

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From:           Sarah Herbert <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 May 2001 14:53:22 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.1261 Hawk and Handsaw
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1261 Hawk and Handsaw

Could Hamlet be warning Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern that he knows they
are tools of the king, and that he, unlike the King, can tell them
apart?  This seemed to be Branagh's interpretation, as he had Hamlet
pointedly address one (I know a hawk), then turn and address the other
(from a handsaw).  It seemed to work, though I had other problems with
the production.

-- sarah herbert

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