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(without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... tral with loneliness and limelight. The Play Scene was deftly
carried to a telling climax, --although there, as at the greater
climax in the Queen's closet, at "Nay, I know not Is it the king?"
Mr. Forbes-Robertson manifested more the intention than the faculty
of tragic power. Reynaldo was retained, providing a little more of
the tedious senility of Polonius, and Fortinbras was restored, to
point the contrast between the vacillating man of thought and the
expeditious man of action. Mr. Forbes-Robertson's ideal of Hamlet
was, as far as comprehensible, seen to be, in most particulars,
correct, but it was not made absolutely clear, and his expression
of it did not, at any point, except in Hamlet's interview with
Ophelia, immediately after the soliloquy on death, exhibit imperial
felicity of art. At the last of that colloquy, however, he
manifested, exceedingly well, the wounded heart, the disordered
mind, the seething passion, the wild, indefinite purpose, and the
bitterness and scorn that are constituent elements of Hamlet's
paroxysm. Neither there, nor elsewhere, though, did he denote that
Hamlet is a man who has passed beyond the love of woman, and who,
more than once, passes across the limit of sanity--as when, for
example, he purposes to take such a vengeance on his enemy as will
condemn the soul of the monarch to eternal torture in the depths of
hell. The excision of an essential part of Hamlet's speech in the
Prayer Scene almost vitiated, certainly much perplexed, the purport
of the embodiment. As to the larger significance of the character,
aside from its various values as a vehicle of dramatic expression,
--meaning its piteous exemplification of finite man, dazed,
mystified, and overwhelmed in the hopeless endeavor to pierce the
mystery of his infinite env...
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