Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

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-- 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, 4.5.147: "the kind life-rendering pelican"


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to
Hamlet,
Act 4, Scene 5, lines 147
The pelican was thought to feed her young with her own blood, as shown in the copperplate below.
"The Pelican in her Piety"
by
Pieter van der Borcht (1545-1608)

(I've seen many such images, and none of the artists seem to have any notion of what a real pelican looks like, though the idea that a pelican feeds its young by opening her breast to her chicks may be derived from observation of actual pelicans, as seen below.)