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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, 5.1.9: "se offendendo"


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Act 5, Scene 1, line 9
se offendendo: i.e., criminally.  —First Clown is responding to his partner's absurd idea that "she drowned herself in her own defence." If that were the case, it would have been se defendendo, "in self-defense."  Both grave-diggers are trying to use the jargon of lawyers.