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Hamlet as Dipstick
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2046  Friday, 24 August 2001

From:           Werner Broennimann <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Aug 2001 15:24:56 +0100
Subject:        Hamlet as Dipstick

Recently I read a story by Stephen King, which I thought quite
remarkable.  (New Yorker, Jan 29 2001). It is the story of Alfred
(Alfie) Zimmer, travelling salesman, who arrives at a Motel 6 near
Lincoln, Nebraska.  It is snowing.  He goes to his room, intending, as
it eventually emerges, to kill himself, What might save him is his
scrapbook, which he does not want to be found on him; he does not wish
to embarrass anyone--does not want to appear mad.  It is his collection
of restroom graffiti, texts he regards as poetry.  There is an open
ending, leaving the decision to chance.  Or is it chance?  One item from
his collection:

"To be or not to be that is the question."  He had seen that in a men's
room on I-70, actually, to which someone had added, "The real question
is who your father was, dipstick."

Werner

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