Soft you now,The fair Ophelia!

I can’t stop thinking about punctuation, apparently – or maybe, because this speech is so familiar, the punctuation is the new thing in play here. 

These editors have completed this sentence with an exclamation point; the seldom used exclamatory end stop somehow gets used here? 

Are they attempting to suggest strong surprise at spotting Ophelia? 


Is it that Ophelia’s wearing a crazy party hat, a feather boa and a pair of overalls? 

Maybe not so fair now, eh, Hamlet? 

I’d like to see a Ophelia be something more than fair. 


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