The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1556 Monday, 19 September 2005
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: Saturday, 17 Sep 2005 18:14:06 +0100
Subject: 16.1544 Hamlet an Allegory
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1544 Hamlet an Allegory
Elliott H. Stone repeats a common fallacy about the beginning of Hamlet.
>It has been basic soldiering from time immemorial that the man on guard
>duty always speaks first. "Halt who goes there "or "Halt what is the
>password" or "Stand and unfold yourself". Why would our Shakespeare get
>this wrong? Why would he make such a fundamental error?
Charles Edelman in his essay "Hamlet, soldier manque" (_Around the
Globe_ 21 (2002) pages 44-45) quotes William Garrard's The Arte of Warre
"If the Round or any other Officer come to search to watch & Sentinels,
when he doth first heare or see them approch, let him so soone as he
doth perceive them, demand with a lowd voice, Qui va la? Who goes there?"
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