Nero, inmost, legitimate, pop

‘Nero’ ‘inmost’ ‘legitimate’, and ‘pop’ set up a web of associations that link King John and its source play, The Troublesome Raigne of Iohn, to Hamlet and King Lear. The Troublesome Raigne opens not unlike Richard II. A...

extravagant, summons, platform, and beckon

The word ‘extravagant’ combines with ‘beckon’, ‘platform’, and ‘summons’ to establish an odd link between Hamlet and Othello. Horatio refers to the disappearing ghost as an “extravagant and erring spirit”...

crowner

‘Crowner,’ Shakespeare’s word for ‘coroner’ appears in two plays, and on both occasions it is associated with death by drowning.  It appears in the discussion of the two gravediggers about the cause of Ophelia’s death in the...