The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1338 Thursday, 18 August 2005
From: Larry Weiss <
Date: Wednesday, 17 Aug 2005 11:41:07 -0400
Subject: 16.1326 Old Fat Hamlet?
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1326 Old Fat Hamlet?
The report I saw said 14 stn (238 lbs), but I can't find the source.
I have long suspected that the prince was originally written as a
twentyish young man and the references to Hamlet's 30 year age in Act V
(and maybe Gertrude's "fat and scant of breath") were afterthoughts
added to quell the laughter.
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