In this conversation I propound a novel theory about the role of Horatio in Shakespeare's Hamlet. See also "Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Hamlet" in Sherlock Holmes and the Three Poisoned Pawns, Breese Books, Cambridge, UK: 2008. (http://amzn.com/1901091295)
References cited in the video:
William Shakespeare: Hamlet
Edited by G. R. Hibbard
Oxford University Press, 1987
I quote Hibbard’s note on p. 166 referring to line 186 of Act I, Scene 2, when Horatio says “I saw him once. He was a goodly king.” (line 186)
This occurs at about 2 minutes into the video
At 6:09 of the video I quote from Hamlet’s To be or not to be soliloquy,
Act III, Scene 1, lines 77-81
Who would fardels bear
To groan and sweat under a weary life
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns . . .
At 7:20 when I speak about Hamlet hearing the ghost while he is with Gertrude, this is a reference to Act III, Scene 4
At 7:30 when I speak about the guards and Hamlet, I refer to Act I, Scene 5, when the Ghost is uttering ‘Swear!’ lines 157 – 189
AT 8:22 or so Act I, Scene 1 lines 58 on
Marcellus: Is it not like to the King?
Horatio: As thou art to thyself.
Such was the very armour he had on
When he th’ambitious Norway combated.
So frowned he once when in an angry parle
He smote the sledded Polacks on the ice.
AT 9:30 Act 1, Scene 2, line 186:
Horatio: I saw him once. He was a goodly king.
(and a few lines before that that I mutter)
Horatio says he’s come to see the funeral – this refers to:
Act I, Scene 2, lines 176-78
Horatio: My lord, I came to see your father’s funeral.
Hamlet: I pray thee, to not mock me fellow-student;
I think it was to see my mother’s wedding
At 11:20 Osrick’s invitation to Hamlet’s duel with Laertes – Act V, Scene 2
11:53 Horatio at Ophelia’s mad scene, Act IV, Scene 5
12:24 the end of Hamlet, Act V, Scene 2
At 14:00 Act I, Scene 4, lines 48-53
What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord?
Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff
That beetles o’er his base into the sea,
And there assume some other horrible form
Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason
And draw you into madness? Think of it.
At 16:30 I refer to my novella, “Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Hamlet” in
Sherlock Holmes and the Three Poisoned Pawns, Breese Books, Cambridge, UK: 2008
At 27:19 Act I, Scene 5, lines 174-5
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
And Act III, Scene 2, lines 49-50:
Horatio, thou art e’en as just a man
As e’er my conversation coped withal.
At 38:00 and on
A reference to The Interpretation of Dreams, by Sigmund Freud, 1900.