The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0364  Wednesday, 14 February 2001

From:           Mary Jane Miller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 13 Feb 2001 10:48:54 -0500
Subject: 12.0293 Re: Russian Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0293 Re: Russian Hamlet

The bit I remember best is when matrons dress Ophelia after her father's
death - not a scene in the play of course. She stands like a stiff
little doll, arms outstretched while they enclose her in heavy black
mourning clothes then drop over head an enveloping, head to toe, black
veil. She is imprisoned in conventional mourning - her shadow seen by
Hamlet as he rides for England.  When she reappears in a white shift,
taking straws from the fireplace for flowers. The contrast is marked and
the inference clear.

Mary Jane

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