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, 4.5.23-26: "How should I your true love know / From another one? / By his cockle hat and staff, / And his sandal shoon"


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Hamlet,
Act 4, Scene 5, lines 23-26
These lines (and probably everything Ophelia sings) are little bits of old ballads familiar to Shakespeare's audience.

"Shoon" is an archaic word for "shoes," and "sandal shoon" means "sandals."

"[H]is cockle hat and staff, / And his sandal shoon" all indicate the person made the pilgrimage known as "The Way of St. James."

Pilgrim
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Cockle Hat
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Staff
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Wikipedia:
1300-1400 in fashion