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Gertrude-Ophelia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1917  Monday, 21 November 2005

From: 		S. L Kasten <
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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. 
"Gertrude")

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.

Best wishes,
Syd Kasten

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