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|Laertes, the Superior Fencer?|
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.089 Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Date: March 6, 2012 12:56:21 AM EST
Subject: Laertes, the Superior Fencer?
Has anyone here seen a production or read an interpretation of Hamlet that depicts Laertes as the clearly superior swordsman in the final scene, with the reason for Hamlet’s success in the first three bouts being that Laertes, knowing his sword is unbated and envenomed, can’t quite bring himself to stab Hamlet?