The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2611 Thursday, 15 November 2001
Date: Thursday, 15 Nov 2001 13:17:43 -0000
The recent Goneril debate reminded me of a similar challenge to an
implicit belief of mine being brought up short by an actor friend
saying: where exactly does it say...
I always assumed that Laertes desperately wants to get back to Paris to
resume his time at the Sorbonne (gambling, wenching, boozing and all
other time-honoured student-type activities...). I always inferred a
parallel to Hamlet's intended return to Wittenburg, but does anyone else
have better ideas?
The best attempt I had at clinching the argument with the actor about to
play the part was to suggest that as Polonius bangs on so much about his
own student days, it would be unlikely for a son not to follow his
father's footsteps in at least going through the motions of a university
Best wishes, Carol Morley
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