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Good Marriages in Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0018  Monday, 11 January 2010

[1] From:   Larry Weiss <
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     Date:   Thursday, 07 Jan 2010 23:14:53 -0500
     Subj:   Re: SHK 21.0010 Good Marriages in Shakespeare

[2] From:   Larry Weiss <
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     Date:   Thursday, 07 Jan 2010 23:16:33 -0500
     Subj:   Re: SHK 21.0010 Good Marriages in Shakespeare


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From:       Larry Weiss <
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Date:       Thursday, 07 Jan 2010 23:14:53 -0500
Subject: 21.0010 Good Marriages in Shakespeare
Comment:    Re: SHK 21.0010 Good Marriages in Shakespeare

 >This is actually one of the truly fascinating character enigmas in
 >Shakespeare: There's nothing that definitively points to Gertrude
 >accepting Hamlet's word. But, on >the other hand, there's nothing
 >that definitively points the other way, either. Either is an interesting
 >choice and either is completely supported by the text.

This brings to mind another odd choice made in the Tennant/Stewart RSC 
production. For some reason I cannot fathom, it was decided (contrary to 
the text) to have Gertrude present in a reordered part of IV.vii when 
Claudius conspires with Laertes to murder Hamlet. The actress registered 
shock in a long shot taken over Claudius's shoulder. To my mind, this 
choice heightens the ambiguity.

This production does make clear though that C and G are in love; and 
Stewart is even a touch uxorious, which I think is consistent with the 
text (IV.vii.9-16).

Apropos of my recent post on this subject: This production seemed at 
first to make a feint in the direction of Gertrude as alcoholic, but 
that got lost (alas!), and her antepenultimate speech ("I will, my lord, 
I pry you pardon me.") was confusing.

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Date:       Thursday, 07 Jan 2010 23:16:33 -0500
Subject: 21.0010 Good Marriages in Shakespeare
Comment:    Re: SHK 21.0010 Good Marriages in Shakespeare

My nominees: Duke Humphrey and Eleanor.

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