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Thanks very much for the detailed report.
But when I read Hamlet it really was 'He's fat and scant of breath' - one of those words the footnotes always comment on. Don't you think they simplified it for the TV audience?

Peter Harvey


Thank you very much for that comment. I go to one print Shakespeare and I find 'fat' glossed as 'dull'. In another I find it, with special reference to Hamlet, as 'hot', which may just be trying to make things look right. The OED offers nothing for 'fat' that might mean 'hot'. There is an interesting theory here http://preview.tinyurl.com/yzzsr8f.

Brian Barder

Margaret pipped me to the post about "fat"!

I have done some specimen reading on Owen's Kindle and I was much impressed. If I travelled now as much as I used to, especially by air, I wouldn't hesitate about buying one. But as it is I have plenty of printed books at home that I still haven't read and at home I have no real need of an e-book.

Peter Harvey

I do find it useful but, while I can justify it (to the tax people as well as to myself) on the grounds that as an author and self-publisher I need to have a look at one, I am not sure that I would have bought it otherwise.

t-shirt mafia

I have one and It's very useful for me as I travel a lot but I think the price is a little too high !

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