Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Hamlet, 1.1.46: "usurp'st"


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Hamlet,
Act 1, Scene 1, line 46.
usurp'st: usurps. To "usurp" is to take the place of another, without any right or justification. The Ghost has usurped both "this time of night" and the "form" of the dead King Hamlet, because the Ghost is a supernatural, timeless being which has come into the time of the natural world and taken the shape of a natural man.







Brian Blessed as the Ghost of King Hamlet