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Hamlet an Allegory
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1586  Thursday, 22 September 2005

From: 		V. K. Inman <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 20 Sep 2005 14:37:37 -0400
Subject: 16.1569 Hamlet an Allegory
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1569 Hamlet an Allegory

 >Charles Edelman in his essay "Hamlet, soldier manque" (_Around the
 >Globe_ 21 (2002) pages 44-45) quotes William Garrard's The Arte of
 >Warre (1591):
 >
 >"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?"
 >
 >Gabriel Egan

Having been a soldier, actually a Marine, in Vietnam in 1969-70, I 
recall the challenge differs as regards which side of line the soldier 
is approached from.  If approached from within friendly lines in times 
of combat, the challenge indeed may be, "Who goes there?"  If, however, 
certain rustlings are heard from outside the lines the challenge usually 
consisted of, "Di di mau (get out of here) M----er F---er," followed by 
a grenade and a magazine of ammo.

V. K. Inman Lt. Col. USMC Ret.

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