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Re: Hamlet and Belleforest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1063  Tuesday, 3 June 2003

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Monday, 02 Jun 2003 18:03:53 -0300
Subject: 14.1023 Re: Hamlet and Belleforest
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1023 Re: Hamlet and Belleforest

Steve Roth argues that

>[Laertes has] been gone two months. Ophelia's "twice two months" line
>makes this
>clear.

Doesn't that work out as four months?  In any case, Ophelia is referring
to the death of Old Hamlet, not Laertes's absence.

Nor does Polonius sending money mean that Laertes has driven himself to
bankruptcy, though I like that interpretation.  Money, like
surveillance, might just be Polonius's frigid way of expressing paternal
love.

Cheers,
Sean.

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