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Written by Cheryl
(5/30/2003 12:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Time in "Hamlet", penned by Laraine
Well, Shakespeare has never been too keen on getting time and distances correct, has he? What play is it that has people travelling from England to Italy in like two days? This has never been his primary concern. ;-)
] Hamlet tells us that it's not yet been two months since his father's funeral).
"But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two:"
] [time passes--at least there are hints that it does] ... the play is delivered, during which Ophelia says it's been "twice two months" since King Hamlet died;
You have to wonder what Hamlet's been doing in those at least two months since he spoke with the Ghost...
] That happens (believe it or not) in about one 24-hour period (it could be longer--but not longer than 48 hours, because the play is delivered the next night).
An amazingly eventful day! ;-)
] Was he taking fencing lessons from them or something? =>;]
Well, you know pirates - they are quite adept at swashbuckling. I'm sure they had a trick or two to show Hamlet. ;-)
] I also wonder why Horatio stuck around after Hamlet was sent to England?
In the Kenneth Branagh screenplay, as he is being hauled away to England he whispers to Horatio "Stay." Well, Horatio is a good friend and does what he's told. ;-) But I can't find that line in any of the other texts I have. Could KB have added the line?? *gasp* And did he do it to explain what the heck Horatio was still doing in Elsinore? ;-)
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