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Dramatis personae
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2314  Tuesday, 9 December 2003

[1]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 10:27:26 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.2308 Dramatis personae

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 13:12:43 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 14.2308 Dramatis personae


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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 10:27:26 -0600
Subject: 14.2308 Dramatis personae
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2308 Dramatis personae

Rolland Banker writes,

"Hamlet is the sophisticated grandson 'to the manor borne' that the
mature William Shakespeare would never have."

I find this concept delightful (not having a fictional character as a
grandson) but I think it is important to clarify that Hamlet is not
borne to a manor, but to the stage by four Norwegian captains. Of
course, he is also borne (or "born") to a Danish manner of drinking
oneself under the table.

(He disapproves of it.)

Cheers,
don

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 13:12:43 -0500
Subject: Dramatis personae
Comment:        SHK 14.2308 Dramatis personae

It is evidently necessary to remind colleagues that rule number 22,
governing readings of Hamlet, provides

a) that whenever Claudius utters the word 'son', it is to be understood
that he means 'stepson'.

b) that whenever Claudius utters the word 'father' in connection with
himself, it is to be understood that he means 'uncle'.

Failure to observe these provisions may result in the offender being
branded 'fanciful'. God is not mocked.

Terence Hawkes

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