The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2220 Tuesday, 25 September 2001
Date: Saturday, 22 Sep 2001 12:36:02 EDT
Subject: 12.2197 Re: Tyndale Bible and "fat" Hamlet
Comment: Re: SHK 12.2197 Re: Tyndale Bible and "fat" Hamlet
Let's not lose sight of how reliable a reporter Gertrude is. While the
men are turning cartwheels, speculating, and plotting to discover what's
bugging Hamlet ... it's Gertrude who succinctly says, "I doubt it is no
other but the main -- / His father's death and our o'er-hasty marriage."
You can't get blunter than that.
So, if Gertie says Ham is fat and sweats, that's good enough for me.
As to the painting of Burbage ... well, he wouldn't be the first
performer to have his image retouched, nor the last.
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