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Ghost Appearance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0522  Tuesday, 24 February 2004

[1]     From:   Steve Sohmer <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Feb 2004 08:03:18 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0493 Ghost Appearance

[2]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Feb 2004 08:24:31 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0493 Ghost Appearance

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Feb 2004 18:09:08 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0493 Ghost Appearance

[4]     From:   John Reed <
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        Date:   Saturday, 21 Feb 2004 11:02:37 -0800
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[5]     From:   Holger Schott <
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        Date:   Sunday, 22 Feb 2004 02:21:56 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0493 Ghost Appearance

[6]     From:   Tom Pendleton <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Feb 2004 20:38:00 -0500
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From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Feb 2004 08:03:18 EST
Subject: 15.0493 Ghost Appearance
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0493 Ghost Appearance

Dear Friends,

Bruce Richman wonders

     If the parts of the Ghost and Polonius were doubled, how would a
     director manage Act IV, Sc. 1., with "the guts" of Polonius lying
     visibly before us on the floor (stage direction: "[Hamlet] lifts up the
     arras, and sees Polonius") while the Ghost enters to say, "Do not
forget
     this visitation ....", remaining on stage for 37 lines?

I don't see this a problem, since Hamlet can't see Polonius until he
lifts the arras -- "Is it the King?" -- and, presumably, can't see him
again when the arras is dropped back into place.

Costume change would be a problem if the Ghost were still in armor, but
he isn't. Does anyone care to speculate why he's "in his habit as he
lived"? And why he's invisible to Gertrude, when even Marcellus could
see him?

Steve

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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Feb 2004 08:24:31 -0800
Subject: 15.0493 Ghost Appearance
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0493 Ghost Appearance

In reaction to Steve Sohmer's question on who played the Polonius-Caesar
combination as indicated by the line:

"I did enact Julius Caesar. I was kill

 

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