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Re: Hamlet and Belleforest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0918  Tuesday, 13 May 2003

[1]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 May 2003 12:17:07 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0905 Re: Hamlet and Belleforest's Histoires Tragiques

[2]     From:   Annalisa Castaldo <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 May 2003 14:58:49 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0905 Re: Hamlet and Belleforest's Histoires Tragiques


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From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Monday, 12 May 2003 12:17:07 -0500
Subject: 14.0905 Re: Hamlet and Belleforest's Histoires
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0905 Re: Hamlet and Belleforest's Histoires
Tragiques

Claude Casper quotes Wilde,

>. . . Where, if not from the Impressionists, do we get those
>wonderful brown fogs that come creeping down our streets, blurring the
>gas-lamps and changing the houses into monstrous shadows? To whom, if
>not to them and their master, do we owe the lovely silver mists that
>brood over our river, and turn to faint forms of fading grace curved
>bridge and swaying barge?  The extraordinary change that has taken place
>in the climate of London during the last ten years is entirely due to a
>particular school of Art.

Good, good. This clarifies everything. And we can further see that the
people who died in the great "killer smogs" of the 40's were not done in
by poisonous coal smoke mingling with a naturally dank and swampy
climate but rather by a handful of painters.

If this happened in America, the heirs of the victims would immediately
file suit against the museums where these paintings are hanging and
collect several million dollars in damages. The museums' insurance
carriers would then insist the painting be taken off display and also
increase their liability insurance ten-fold. However, it would all work
out for the best: the museums could sell the paintings overseas and use
that money to pay their insurance bills.

Cheers,
don

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Date:           Monday, 12 May 2003 14:58:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 14.0905 Re: Hamlet and Belleforest's Histoires
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0905 Re: Hamlet and Belleforest's Histoires
Tragiques

I think Kenneth Chan has pointed out the major flaw in the idea that
Hamlet doesn't delay. Whether or not he jumps to his revenge, Hamlet
himself clearly feels he is slacking (and so does the Ghost "thy almost
blunted purpose") and talks about it endlessly. By comparison, Vindice
of The Revenger's Tragedy has waited (I believe) 7 years for his
revenge, and doesn't seem at all disturbed.

But what is confusing is that, as the first quote by Grebanier points
out, if one reads carefully, 2 months seem to have gone by between 1.5
and 2.1. Shakespeare does not appear to want to make a big deal of this,
and yet he keeps mentioning it in offhanded ways. Like the fifth act
specification of Hamlet's age (a move which only confuses the picture),
I can't help but wonder why the references to a gap exist at all, if we
are not supposed to pay attention?

Annalisa Castaldo

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