The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0424  Wednesday, 1 March 2000.

From:           Mary Jane Miller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Feb 2000 13:00:00 -0500
Subject: 11.0327 Re: Stage Combat
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0327 Re: Stage Combat

As I understand the scene, Hamlet is wounded, therefore the point is
unbated and he knows it . He wants the other sword. He forces the issue
and gets it. I like Olivier's staging when he forces Laertes to the
ground, steps on his foil and forces the exchange by handing him his own
bated foil -- but other ways also work. No double disarm is needed.
Hamlet is already ahead on points when Laertes stabs him and fuelled by
rage controls the final bout. [I'm not fond of the Olivier but no one
did the duel better.]

What I am not sure about is what difference the change of the actual
weapons used as signified in the difference between F1 edition and the
Q.  Perhaps someone could tell me?

Mary Jane

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