Why do you go about to recover the wind of me, as if you would drive me into a toil?

He’s begun the recorder metaphor already.
To play the recorder, one must cover a hole, to stop the wind. The wind here feels as if it is the air, the animating force, the inspiration and animation of the self. Or I think, too, of the wind in Chinese medicine – there must be some equation with the humors. . .what is the windy humor?
Or is it a fart joke?

I mean – the ESSENCE of the line is obviously, “Why are you being such a pain in the ass?”
But – the layers of metaphor and meaning are complex.
I picture it literally, like Guildenstern is squeezing Hamlet, a bit like a recorder, but also a bagpipe, trying to get him to make the sound he wants to hear. He blows into him, hoping to get music – but Hamlet’s not willing to be played.


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