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Re: Peg-a-Ramsey
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1803  Thursday, 19 July 2001

From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Jul 2001 11:56:10 -0400
Subject: 12.1778 Peg-a-Ramsey
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1778 Peg-a-Ramsey

> To kill some one else requires the full length sword...
>
> Is this a queue I see before me led by Marlowe, Caesar, Rizzio, et al,
> looking daggers at you, kid?

Er, you abridged my original statement and distorted it. I was
commenting on the use of the sword in "Hamlet". The sword Hamlet had the
sentries swear on, the sword Hamlet unsheathed over the praying
Claudius, the sword Hamlet used to kill Polonius, Laertes, Claudius.

I also mentioned "daggers" in J.C. and if you ever get around to reading
that play you'll find that Brutus and Cassius killed Caesar with daggers
but somehow those daggers became swords when it came time to kill
themselves.

Etymologically of course, anyone who prefers a dagger to a sword must be
a bit of a dork -:)

John Ramsay

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