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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, 5.1.141: "he galls his kibe"

Act 5, Scene 1, line 141
galls: chafes.  kibe: chilblain on the heel.  —A chilbain is a painful and dangerous inflammation caused by exposure of the hands or feet to moisture and cold. Hamlet's expression, "galls his kibe," is equivalent to the current (C.E. 2015) expressions, "picks at his sore spot" or "pushes his buttons." A courtier would be proud of his wit, but this gravedigger, a peasant, is wittier than Hamlet, a prince.