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May 31, 2020


Don Z. Block

We spent a lot of time in a graduate school course trying to determine if Hermione had been alive and in hiding for many years or if Shakespeare tried to accomplish the impossible by resurrecting her. Most of us felt that there was no need to invoke the supernatural; the statue of Hermione had age lines, so she must have been alive and aging along with everyone else. Our teacher, a superb one named Robert Y. Turner, argued the opposite, but I was in my Henry-James, the-ghosts-are-not-real-in-The Turn-of-the-Screw phase and do not recall what he said. Shame on me. Either way, it is an emotional, very powerful scene.

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