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Written by Cheryl
(5/25/2003 7:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Gertrude's "love", penned by Laraine
] The "incestuous, adulterate beast" seems to me to be saying that Claudius is those things because he lusted after Gertrude and then married his "sister" (in the sense that his brother's wife is his sister).
That would explain the "incestuous" bit of course, but that's not the same thing as adultery. Or could the Ghost just be adding that to Claudius' list of crimes, knowing he has committed adultery at some time in the past with some one?
I have read commentaries that stated that Gertrude and Claudius were having an affair, and this is the only line I can find that might justify that position. Though, I don't think they had an affair, I do think she was a very willing partner and that she quite enjoyed that aspect of the relationship...
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