And, as the world were now but to begin, Antiquity forgot, custom not known, The ratifers and props of every word, They cry ‘choose we: Laertes shall be king:’

It would be interesting if, having forgotten absolutely all history or tradition, if the world began anew, to have the first people choose their king. We think of the impulse of democracy, of choosing our leaders as being so evolved, so at the top of the development chain – but what if it were instead our birthright – our first thought. What if we were born assuming we could choose our leaders. I mean – it’s a good idea to have people choose their own leaders but maybe not if it’s the rabble. If it’s the shouting mob who slide their loyalty to the first smooth talker that says what they want to hear…that’s maybe not democracy but the loudest, most aggressive, bulliest voices making their choice.

Which, as her winks, and nods and gestures Yield them, Indeed would make one thing there might be thought, Though nothing sure, yet much unhappily.

I am so interested in Ophelia’s winks and nods and gestures. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Ophelia winking. I’ve seen some crazy Ophelias but a wink is such a funny thing for her to do. Which is probably why she’s not usually played with winks.
It might feel a little like those guys from the Monty Python sketch where the guys go, “Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.” Which, though completely out of place in most productions of Hamlet, would still be compelling. Weird. But compelling.

And what are her gestures? Nods, obviously. But what is she doing gesture-ly that is out of the ordinary? It would be fun to find out.

Lord Hamlet!

Why Lord Hamlet? Why not Prince Hamlet? I understand “my Lord Hamlet;” It’s sort of a generic way of addressing royalty. When it’s possessive it feels different than when it’s an address – a title. It feels like a title – but “lord” is not his title, “Prince” is.


Huh. Gentlemen? Not gentleman. And not Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Who ARE these gentlemen? Why do they get their own line? When Rosencrantz and Guildenstern came in, they came in with “attendants.” If the gentlemen are the attendants, why are they not called attendants? Is it a way to say “just a bunch of men”? Or, like, “the whole company”? Is it meant to be a big noise? And why GENTLEMEN? Like – gentlemen suggests that they are nobility of some kind. Why are a bunch of nobles calling for Hamlet?

It’s too bad we can’t ask the writer about this. I’m curious.