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Psychology of Gertrude
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2466  Friday, 2 January 2004

[1]     From:   Steve Sohmer <
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Jan 2004 10:30:39 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2461 Psychology of Gertrude

[2]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Jan 2004 16:19:55 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.2455 Psychology of Gertrude

[3]     From:   Pat Dolan <
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        Date:   Friday, 02 Jan 2004 10:11:04 +0000
        Subj:   Gertrude's psychology


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From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Jan 2004 10:30:39 EST
Subject: 14.2461 Psychology of Gertrude
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2461 Psychology of Gertrude

Dear Friends,

Though some have tried hard to defend Gertrude's virtue, it's perfectly
clear from the text that she had intercourse with Claudius while she was
married to Old Hamlet.

The Ghost describes Claudius as "that incestuous, that adulterate beast"
(1.5.42). Now, one may commit incest with a dead brother's wife (viz.
Henry VIII's troubled conscience) ... but one cannot commit adultery
with a brother's wife unless the brother is still alive (or at least
unburied). A wife's marriage to her husband does not end until the
husband is buried (whereas the husband's marriage to the wife ends at
the moment of her death).

Happy New Year!

Steve

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Jan 2004 16:19:55 -0600
Subject: 14.2455 Psychology of Gertrude
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2455 Psychology of Gertrude

I don't wish to be offensive, but it is a well-established fact among
older rou

 

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