He keeps them, like an ape an apple, in the corner of his jaw, first mouthed, to be last swallowed –

Hamlet seems to know an awful lot about apes. Why? Are apes native to Denmark? I should think not. Nor to England either.
Maybe there’s a Danish Royal Zoo? Or a touring wild animal show? I am very curious about where this knowledge of apes comes from.
Or is it not knowledge? Just imagined ape behavior? This is such a specific image. It just feels like something Hamlet (or Shakespeare) witnessed.

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