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That Is The Question ( A Geeklet Story )

My daughter is heading off to school subsequent yr however I don’t care, they’ll all be geeklets to the day I die.

Today I’m at work (from residence) after I get a textual content:

“Do you have Hamlet?”

It’s a brand new semester and she or he’d talked about they’re doing Hamlet, in order that was not an surprising query. I like when the children want to attract on my Shakespeare library, it’s why I’ve been constructing it through the years. Just the opposite day I discovered a Taming of the Shrew in my mailbox – my oldest had let one among her associates borrow it final semester, and she or he was returning it.

“Which version?” I ask, since you don’t get full dad factors if you happen to don’t drag stuff like this out unnecessarily. I truthfully don’t know what number of Hamlets I’ve. I don’t usually acquire particular person editions, there are too many. I do have a number of “Complete Works”, although.

David Garrick doing his impression of my son after I counsel volunteering at college.

“Uhhh,” comes the reply. “Hamlet. High school. Just Hamlet.”

“Well there’s Arden, Riverside, Folger … ” I reply, then go trying to see what’s on my shelf. I discover the Arden version, which is a bit intimidating. I worry she’s on the lookout for a type of glorified pocket editions that’s simply the textual content with just a few glossary phrases sprinkled down the perimeters. This may be very a lot not that. Less than half of every web page is precise play textual content, the remainder is footnotes. Great for analysis, however in all probability overkill for this task.

Later that night, at dinner, I discover. out that she relayed this query to her instructor. “Did your dad tell you to ask that?” stated the instructor. My status precedes me!

I can’t wait to see the way it goes. I”m in all probability going into her class in some unspecified time in the future, although to do what and converse on what, I’m undecided. I’m keen to just about go off the highest of my head, so long as I can preserve the children’ consideration. That was simpler once they have been in elementary college.

For comparability, my son did Julius Caesar final semester. I knew this was on the curriculum. And I heard about it within the context of, “Oh, yeah, we’re doing Julius Caesar in history class.” I stated let me know if you happen to need assistance. He stated, “We finished it.” The closest I obtained to any precise content material was when he talked about “some guy talking at a funeral”. Sigh. I assume I teased him too typically with “I’m coming in to your history class to talk about Shakespeare when you get to that topic.” Both women obtained a kick out of that, and at one level had a college status because the Shakespeare specialists. My son, then again, will bend over backward to ensure his associates and classmates by no means see me 🙂


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