The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1917 Monday, 21 November 2005
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 14:33:49 +0200
Subject: 16.1904 Gertrude-Ophelia
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1904 Gertrude-Ophelia
I made a case against Gertrude back in 1996 based on a careful reading
of the text (no codes):
(Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0119. Thursday, 15
February 1996 "Hamlet and Ophelia").
That somewhat lengthy e-letter ended with the following: "My initial
reaction to the questioners that sparked the Hamlet-Ophelia discussion
was quite negative, but the fact is that they have sparked what has been
for me a stimulating interchange, and for that I thank them."
Subsequently, in 1999 I made a further submission for the prosecution:
(The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1962 Friday, 12 November 1999.
The penultimate sentence in that email read: "I have made this case once
before in these pages (one more time and I become a crank)".
My reading was not a delving into the behind-the-scenes shenannigans of
the characters but (in my opinion) a valid reading of the text which has
a positive effect in that enriches the dramatic character of the queen.
I don't want to be labelled a crank, so I will refer the interested to
the archives of SHAKSPER for the arguments themselves.
As for dead horses, they thought that Thaisa was dead.
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