The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1370 Tuesday, 5 June 2001
From: Abigail Quart <
Date: Monday, 4 Jun 2001 15:57:25 -0400
Subject: 12.1351 Re: Hawks and Handsaws
Comment: Re: SHK 12.1351 Re: Hawks and Handsaws
"Sometime a cigar is just a cigar. (Sigmund Freud)..."
That would be true if the plays were written by the subtext-free Oxford.
But when Shakespeare uses a word with multiple meanings, he doesn't
select one and toss the rest, he pretty much uses all of them. So I'm
sure he meant Hamlet can tell a bird from a hand tool. And those who are
content to go no farther or deeper will lead happy lives.
But it would be wrong to impose such limitations on either Shakespeare
himself, or the rest of us.
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