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Some of them, the germ cells, probably retain the original structure of living matter and, after a certain time . . separate themselves from the organism as a whole. Under favourable conditions, they begin to develop – that is, to repeat the performance [das Spiel wiederholen] to which they owe their existence; and in the end once again one portion of their substance pursues its development to a finish, while another portion harks back once again as a fresh residual germ to the beginning of the process of development .

When Hamlet ushers in the emotional atlas of the well-chambered play that bears his name by saying: ‘‘I have that within which passeth show,’’ his statement is both a reference to the scene in which he plays the grieving son, and a reference to the pockets of the house he will soon turn inside out. Those who seek to hide in the folds of the dark court’s intimate curtains, such as Polonius, will be discovered within; those who seek to escape the confines of the playhouse entirely – Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – will die as well: from exposure.

How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides / Your loop’d and window’d raggedness, defend you from seasons such as these? O! 26, 30–2). In pausing before the emptiness Cordelia first offered him, Lear for the first time sees the condition of someone else before his own. This is where love happens to Lear. The hovel itself is a piece of theatre, a place within a theatre; therefore it is not entirely empty. Tom O’Bedlam, a character composed from bits and pieces by a desperate Edgar, inhabits it.

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