Scene 9 Extended Notes

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These are the Extended Notes for Scene 9, which offer material beyond what's found in the regular Notes for the Scene.


Ophelia: Nay, 'tis 'twice'... two months, my Lord.


Hamlet: That's wormwood.

About wormwood being an antidote to poison, or counteracting the effects of poison:

July's Husbandry, Tusser (1577), includes,

What saver is better (if physick be true,)
For places infected, than Wormwood and Rue?
(Found at: last checked 08/10/2015)

Gerard says of wormwood, "And being taken in wine, it is good against the poison of Ixia ... and of Hemlock, and against the biting of the shrew mouse, and of the Sea Dragon..."
("Herbal" of John Gerard, page 1098.)

The Brewer's Dictionary mention of wormwood and the serpent being driven out of Paradise can be found at: last checked 08/10/2015

Return: Scene 9#09-165


A very very . . . peacock.

Return: Scene 9#09-262


The relevant passage from The Clouds by Aristophanes.

Socrates.  Have you ever, when you; looked up, seen a cloud
    like to a centaur, or a panther, or a wolf, or a bull?

Strepsiades.  By Jupiter, have I! But what of that?

Socrates.  They become all things, whatever they please. And
    then if they see a person with long hair, a wild one of
    these hairy fellows, like the son of Xenophantes, in
    derision of his folly, they liken themselves to

Strepsiades.  Why, what, if they should see Simon, a plunderer
    of the public property, what do they do?

Socrates.  They suddenly become wolves, showing up his

Strepsiades.  For this reason, then, for this reason, when they
    yesterday saw Cleonymus the recreant, on this account
    they became stags, because they saw this most cowardly

Socrates.  And now too, because they saw Clisthenes, you
    observe, on this account they became women.

A link to the play: The Clouds.

Return: Scene 9#09-339

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