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An Image in Greenblatt's _Hamlet in Purgatory_
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0476  Monday, 18 August 2008

From:       Jack Heller <
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Date:       Sunday, 17 Aug 2008 15:35:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:    An Image in Greenblatt's _Hamlet in Purgatory_

Colleagues:

I am interested in the image of the Mass of St. Gregory on page 56 of Stephen 
Greenblatt's _Hamlet in Purgatory_. Greenblatt discusses the mass itself and the 
panel on the upper right of a soul crawling out of a cauldron. I would like to 
know what others believe is occurring in the panel on the left side of the 
image. Is the blood of the Christ figure flowing into the chalice-like font 
below? Is this accessible to the human figures in that panel? If so, by what 
means? And what are those human figures standing in?

This image resembles some images I am writing about in relation to JULIUS 
CAESAR, so any help with these questions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Jack Heller
Huntington University

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