Tag Archives: Polonius

“It is a falsehood she is in, which is with falsehoods to be combated.”

The Two Noble Kinsmen Act Four By Dennis Abrams Act Four: The Jailer’s Daughter, now completely mad, is reunited with her father. Observing her behavior, the Doctor advises that the only possible remedy is if a former suitor (the Wooer) … Continue reading

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“Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots.”

Hamlet Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————— Act Four:  Realizing the danger he is in, Claudius hurriedly sends Hamlet to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but secretly arranges for him to be killed on arrival.  Ophelia, in the … Continue reading

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“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below,/Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Six By Dennis Abrams ——————————— I’m going to conclude our look at Act Three’s The Mousetrap” scene and aftermath, with an excerpt from Garber.  If you’re interested in reading John Dover Wilson’s exhaustive (and close to … Continue reading

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“I say we will have no mo marriage…”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Five By Dennis Abrams ————————————— I’d like to continue today with more from John Dover Wilson’s What Happens in Hamlet, starting in particular with the “nunnery scene” which, I think, can present certain difficulties (is Hamlet … Continue reading

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“Nay, but to live/In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed/Stewed in corruption, honeying and making love/Over the nasty sty –”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Four By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Let’s talk some more about Ophelia.  And about Gertrude. As I think we’ve seen so far, Hamlet’s tragedy is not exclusively, as Schlegel thought, a tragedy of thought.  It’s not even … Continue reading

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“O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space…”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Four By Dennis Abrams —————————————– I’m caught up on Act Two now, and while reading Scene ii, I was struck by how many lines I already knew, and by how much was being said throughout the … Continue reading

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“I doubt it is no other but the main –/His father’s death and our o’erhasty marriage.”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- I want to start by going back to Marjorie Garber discussing Hamlet and delay, if only because it gives me an excuse to post a really amazing film clip: “Another Victorian … Continue reading

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