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Thu Dec 17, 2015, 09:25 PM

Will Shakespeare is still in Stratford. Anyone want to drink with me?

Ask me anything about Will Shakespeare.

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Reply Will Shakespeare is still in Stratford. Anyone want to drink with me? (Original post)
Aristus Dec 2015 OP
pinboy3niner Dec 2015 #1
Aristus Dec 2015 #3
pinboy3niner Dec 2015 #6
CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2015 #2
Aristus Dec 2015 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2015 #5
Sanity Claws Dec 2015 #7
Aristus Dec 2015 #8
pinboy3niner Dec 2015 #9
ailsagirl Dec 2015 #10
Aristus Dec 2015 #11
malthaussen Dec 2015 #12
DFW Dec 2015 #13
Aristus Dec 2015 #14
DFW Dec 2015 #15
sarge43 Dec 2015 #16
trof Dec 2015 #17
sarge43 Dec 2015 #18
DFW Dec 2015 #19

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 09:35 PM

1. What was Yorick really like?

I heard Will knew him pretty good.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 09:47 PM

3. "Alas, por Yorick! I knew him, Horatio."

It's obvious Hamlet held Yorick in high regard. One of the occupations of the court jester was to play with the royal children. He was like a governess/playmate who would have spent a great deal of time with the royal family. Hamlet loved Yorick, no doubt.

Court jesters were not just stand-up comedians for the king. They very often served as royal advisors to the ruler of the kingdom. One reason for this was their unusual license to speak plainly to the king, without a lot of court manners that could cloud wise advice. They did not have to be obsequious to the king, allowing them to give the king an unvarnished opinion.

Hamlet no doubt would have valued Yorick's counsel in the matter of Claudius' treachery. Yorick's love for Hamlet would no doubt have superseded his duty to King Claudius.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 09:51 PM

6. Thanks for fleshing it out

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 09:43 PM

2. Why on earth is Will still in Stratford???

Doesn't he know we miss him?

I'm sure you do, too, my dear Aristus.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 09:49 PM

4. I do.

But he misses his 'little fools', the twins. Hamnet, the boy, is always sick. They need their father.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 09:51 PM

5. That is understandable, of course.

They do need their father.

Sorry for my dumb question.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 09:51 PM

7. What does Will like to imbibe?

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 10:05 PM

8. Good English ale, most of the time.

If he's feeling extravagant, sack, which is a dry white wine from Portugal..

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Response to Aristus (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 10:20 PM

9. WHITE wine?

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 11:13 PM

10. Aristus, I am an Oxfordian

There. I said it.

Nonetheless, whoever penned those exquisite works has my deepest esteem forever.

One can devote an entire lifetime to savoring that man's works and never run out of new facets to explore and delight in.

Sublime stuff

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 11:19 PM

11. Okay then.

I don't always know what to say to an Oxfordian, and why they believe what they believe. So let us agree to disagree, then.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 11:32 AM

12. What does Will think of Star Wars?

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves we are made underlings."

Or perhaps some other pithy observation?

-- Mal

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 01:43 PM

13. Are you drinking mead?

Just wondering.......

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Response to DFW (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 03:15 PM

14. Nah.

I had a Mack & Jack's and two shots of Ouzo.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 03:48 PM

15. After that, I'm not sure I'd know the difference n/t

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Response to DFW (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 07:07 PM

16. By Will's time, mead had more or less fallen out of fashion

Poor man's booze because it's so easy to make. Probably was the first brew people made.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 07:23 PM

17. GIN! DRUNK FOR A PENNY!

DEAD DRUNK FOR TWO!

Or was that later?

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Response to trof (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 07:27 PM

18. Later

Known in Europe since Will's time, but took off in England early 18th century

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 04:39 AM

19. Don't let facts and history get in the way of a good response

This is DU, after all.

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