The First Quarto Edition of Hamlet, 1603; Two Essays to Which the Harness Prize Was Awarded, 1880
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ..."to put him out of the way altogether." The sixth scene introduces us to Hamlet, Horatio and Corambus, running thus Cor.--New news, gracious lord! the comedians are come. Ham.--When Marus Russig was an actor at Rome, what a good time there was. Cor.--Ha! ha! ha! Your Highness is always teasing me. Ham.--O Jeptha, Jeptha! what a fair daughter hast thou! Cor.--At all times your Highness desires that my daughter be brought in to the conversation. Ham.--Well, old man, let the master of the actors come in. Cor.--It shall be so. Exit. Ham.--These actors come in the nick of time, for through them will I test whether the ghost informs me truly or not. I have before this seen a tragedy where one brother murders the other in the garden: this shall they act. If the King changes colour he has done what the ghost told me. Dr. Latham conjectures that the blunder "Marus Russig" arose from a confusion between Roscius the actor and Sextus Roscius Amerinus who was not an actor. "Now this is a blunder," the Doctor continues, "that requires as much scholarship to commit as to avoid, being one that a learned man might make from inadvertency, whereas an unlearned one could not make it at all. It was certainly not made by Shakespeare. This we know from his text, where Roscius stands alone. It could scarcely have been made by the supposed adapters who came after him." Now Kyd certainly had enough scholarship to make this blunder as he had enough to adapt the lines of Juvenal, Pants he the great man beneath the summer's common heat? Lo! they the Greeks are bath'd in sympathetic sweat, into one of the best bits in the Fratricide. Ham.--Signora sic Phantasmo, 'tis horribly cold. Phan.--Ay, ay, 'tis horribly cold--His teeth...
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