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2423 Ham. Such an act3.4.40
1870 Abbott
2423-8 Such an act . . . such a deede] Abbott (1870, §279): “‘In the first case such as is used, because which follows; in the second, such that, because as follows. So Ham. [3.4.40-45 2423-8)]: ‘Such an act that . . . such a deed as.’”
1872 cln1
cln1: WT //
2423-4 such . . . That] Clark and Wright (ed. 1872): “Compare WT [1.2.263-64 (354-55)]: ‘Such allow’d infirmities that honesty Is never free of.’”
1891 dtn
2423-4 Deighton (ed. 1891): “you have committed a deed of a nature that dims the grace of all modest blushes; the modesty of all your sex is robbed of much of its grace by the fact of a woman having done such a deed.”
1903 p&c
2423 Porter & clarke (ed. 1903): “An eloquent free use of the ‘Hystorie’: ‘What treason is this O most infamous woman . . . that like a vile wanton . . . altogether impudent and given over to her pleasure runnes spreading forth her armes joyfully to imbrace the trayterous villainous tyrant . . . insteede of the deare father of your . . . sonne’.”
1934 cam3
cam3: xref.
2423 Such an act etc.] Wilson (ed. 1934): “The ‘act’ is not named, but what follows suggests that Ham. has both adultery and incest in mind; cf. note [1.5.42 (729)].”
1939 kit2
2423 Kittredge (ed. 1939): “Hamlet upraids his mother for her adultery. He no longer accuses her of murder.”
1953 Joseph
2423-31 Such an act . . . of words] Joseph (1953, p. 95): her question (2421), “brings the reply which she would have received from the average Elizabethan homilist, from any Elizabethan of average sensibility, aware that his own mother was violating the seventh commandment in her second illegal marriage [quotes 2423-31]. But he still does not specify what he mean in plain unfigurative language” until she asks again.
1980 pen2
pen2: xref.
2423 act] Spencer (ed. 1980): “(presumably incest; the accusation of adultery is scarcely evidenced: see the note to [1.5.42 (729)].”
1985 cam4
cam4: xrefs.
2423 Such an act] Edwards (ed. 1985): “In the speech which follows, Hamlet quite certainly implies the breaking of marriage vows (see note to [1.5.46 (733)]. But when Gertrude directly asks him ‘what act?’ (3.4.52 [2435]), he does not directly answer ‘adultery,’ but charges her with inconstancy, immoderate sexual desire, and a lack of any sense of value, in exchanging King Hamlet for Claudius. He does not pursue the charge of adultery, but nothing he says shows him forgetting it. Gertrude’s collapse in [3.4.88-91 (2464-67)]—which Hamlet scarcely notices – shows contrition for a worse sin than a hasty second marriage. She must recognise her son’s unstated accusation.”
2003 ShSt
Parker: 2427, 2426, 2543 xref
2423 Parker (2003, p. 130): “The contrast of black and ’faire’ in Hamlet’s portraits of two brothers is thus joined by the adulterous declining of the queen--described in F and Q2 as an ’act’ that sets a ’blister’ or blemish on the ’faire’ forehead of an ’innocent loue’ (166-67). Q1’s ’Forbear the adulterous bed to night’ (172) makes even clearer the attempt by her son to remove her from the adulterate mingling or mixture of coupling with this second husband. .”
2006 ard3q2
ard3q2 ≈ kit2
2423 such an act] Thompson & Taylor (ed. 2006): “In his language from here to 99 the act Hamlet dwells on is the Queen’s remarriage, not the murder.”