The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2684 Wednesday, 28 November 2001
From: Jim O'Rourke <
Date: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2001 12:07:56 -0500
Subject: Re: Ghost Dad-French
I just got on this list, so I apologize in advance if I'm behind the
curve or am repeating someone else.
I think the reason the Ghost says "Adieu" is that it's a pun. Hamlet
wishes that his flesh would "melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew."
As the ghost loses bodily presence, he fades into a/dew.
As Stephen Booth once said, the whole play is like that.
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