Shakespeare


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/

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