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Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0948  Thursday, 4 April 2002

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Apr 2002 13:16:26 +0100
Subject: 13.0929 Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0929 Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism

John Mahon wrote,

> As I wrote about the very visible
> confession-box in Branagh's "Hamlet,"
> I realized that I don't know the history
> of the confessional, or even of the
> form that sacramental confession
> took at this period.

Odd things happen in the confessional box.  A blade pierces Claudius's
ear one moment but he appears unscathed the next. We are probably not to
believe what happens in this place. Perhaps the scene of lovemaking
which is shown to the audience while Polonius and Ophelia are in there
should also be discounted as somebody's fantasy. Luckily for this
reading, the original plan to shoot Polonius's interrogation of Ophelia
in the boathouse by the lake had to be abandoned.

Gabriel Egan

PS: I have, of course, tendered my resignation as reparation for the
above act of hastening
the end of Charles Weinstein's universe.

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