The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0304 Monday, 17 February 2003
Date: Saturday, 15 Feb 2003 09:35:49 -0500
Subject: 14.0271 Re: I must to England; Alack I had forgot.
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0271 Re: I must to England; Alack I had forgot.
"I must to England; you know that?
"Alacke I had forgot: 'Tis so concluded on."
Since Gertrude knows, why shouldn't Hamlet? "'Tis so concluded on"
suggests that the decision was officially made in council and not simply
mandated by the King. Claudius is a superb politician, a quality
masterfully demonstrated in his opening "State of the Union" address and
his later manipulation of Laertes, and he always covers his rear very
well. What is surprising in this context is that Hamlet poses it to
Gertrude as a question.
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