H2016: Hamlet Shall Sleep No More

Now my project has actual humans involved in it, with actual faces and interests and (judging from Facebook) loads of excitement. In light of this, my Line by Line posting seems a bit tedious, especially since, at the rate I’m going, I’ll be stuck on Act 1, Scene 1 until at least September — and…

Line by Line: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 34-37

BARNARDO: Last night of all, When yond same star that’s westward from the pole Had made his course t’illume that part of heaven Where now it burns… I’m splitting Barnardo’s brief narrative into two parts so I can linger on the astronomical implications. Barnardo’s first line, “last night of all,” probably just means “only last…

Line by Line: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 30-34

BERNARDO:                                   Sit down awhile, And let us once again assail your ears That are so fortified against our story What we have two nights seen. HORATIO:                               Well, sit we down, And let us hear Bernardo speak of this. The two words most likely to confuse modern audiences are “assail” and “fortified,” are also the first…