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P. 443. (72) “ For where there is advantage to be given,
Both more and less have given him the revolt,” &c. Johnson proposed“ — advantage to be gone,” &c.; Steevens, “ — advantage to be got,” &c. (Mr. Collier's Ms. Corrector reads " - advantage to be gotten,” &c.); and Mr. Singer, in his ed. of Shakespeare, 1826,"— advantage to be gain’d,” &c.
P. 444. (73) “ Were they not forc'd,” &c. Here "forc'd” means strengthened (see Todd's Johnson's Dict. sub “To force,"
– 10th sign. of the word); which I should not have thought it necessary to mention but for the strange alteration of Mr. Collier's Ms. Corrector,—“farc'd" (i. e. stuffed).
P. 444. (74)
“Exit." The folio marks neither the exit nor the re-entrance of Seyton.—On the words, “ The queen, my lord, is dead,” Mr. Collier observes: “ We must suppose that Seyton has gone to what we now call the wing' of the stage to inquire.” But “going to the wing," and standing there to glean information, was surely as unusual on the old stage as it is on the modern; and I have no doubt that formerly Seyton went out and re-entered, just as he does when this play is performed now-a-days:- see any acting-copy of Macbeth. (See, too, Mr. Collier's one-volume Shakespeare, where Seyton makes his “Exit" and “ Reenters”-on the authority of the Ms. Corrector.)
P. 448. (75)
Retreat. Flourish,” &c. I have already had occasion to notice the absurdity of the old stage-directions in this scene: see vol. iv. p. 425, note (66).
Claudius, king of Denmark.
GERTRUDE, queen of Denmark, and mother to Hamlet.
Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, Messengers, and other
HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK.
A platform before the castle.
FRANCISCO at his post. Enter to him BERNARDO.
Ber. Have you had quiet guard ?
Not a mouse stirring.
Fran. I think I hear them.--Stand, ho! Who's there?
Enter Horatio and MARCELLUS.
And liegemen to the Dane.