Unhand me, gentlemen, By heaven!
I’ll make a ghost of him that lets me.
I need to use this one next time I’m being cornered at the bar!
No, really, at first blush, I though this quote from Hamlet was fairly straightforward. However, as with so much from The Bard, I needed to read deeper, since all is not as it seems. I did some looking online and found the origin of the word “lets.” I now know what most people learned in high school when they read Hamlet instead of Julius Caesar, the play I studied. http://shakespeare.mit.edu/julius_caesar/full.html As opposed to “allow” or “permits,” the word “lets,” in its archaic form, means “to hinder” or “obstruct.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/let%27s
Huh. Learn something new every day.
“I’ll kill whoever gets in my way.” Hamlet’s friends are trying to prevent him from following his father’s ghost. http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/hamlet/summary.html
Methinks I really need to read this one. I love ghost stories, and had no idea Hamlet was a Shakespearean version.
Amazon, here I come….http://www.amazon.com/