What, ho, Horatio!

Is Horatio lurking? What is he DOING? And is this normal behavior? Is that how Hamlet knows to call him? Or is he calling him out at a distance? Why is Horatio here but not here? He’s nearby but not inside. Has Hamlet said, “Listen, wait here for a minute while I talk to the players. I have some advice to give them I want to talk with you?”

There’s something about Horatio’s instant availability that gives him a vampire vibe. Like, he wasn’t there and the suddenly he is. This might also be that I’ve seen a lot of tall men play Horatio. He’s played a little like Lurch sometimes. Just standing by the door, ready for the master’s call. And a little bit creepy.

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