Ophelia’s Little Valentine

Banner image Ophelia drowned watercolor Frances MacDonald 1898watercolor by Frances MacDonald, 1898

· 13 February 2016 ·
[Alex Epstein gets the point about Ophelia]
  • To-morrow is
  • Saint Valentine’s day,
  • All in the morning betime,
  • And I a maid at your window,
  • To be your Valentine.
  • Then up he rose and donn’d his clo’es
  • And dupp’d the chamber door,
  • Let in the maid, that out a maid
  • Never departed more.
  • By Gis and by Saint Charity,
  • Alack, and fie for shame!
  • Young men will do’t if they come to’t
  • By Cock, they are to blame.
  • Quoth she, ‘Before you tumbled me,
  • You promis’d me to wed.’
  • He answers:
  • ‘So would I ‘a’ done, by yonder sun,
  • An thou hadst not come to my bed.’

Ophelia’s song, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

In honour of the day tomorrow and the quote above, I was going to spell out a few things that people (readers, teachers, directors) don’t seem to grasp about Ophelia and her crazy-making, ultimately suicidal relationship with Hamlet. I was, that is, until I discovered that a bright fellow, screenwriter by trade, has saved me the typing.

By The Way, Ophelia Is Pregnant
by Alex Epstein
@CraftyScreen

Read what Mr Epstein has to say, as it dups the chamber door into my own thinking. Then read or watch Hamlet again, and see if it doesn’t make a great deal more sense.

VERO NIHIL VERIUS