Silly me: Hamlet had only one heart

October 20, 2013

I would like to correct an error in a previous blog posting.

The error was unearthed by a wise reader, who wrote: “Hi, you had written that Hamlet said, ‘In my heart of hearts (the second “heart” isn’t plural.) Like everyone else, Hamlet only has one heart. Feel free to look this up to be certain that I am correct.”

You are indeed correct, gentle reader. I went online and searched for the phrase and found very few references to Hamlet’s heart of heart (one heart, that is). I think it’s fair to say that most of today’s readers and writers — and I include myself in that group — seem to have bastardized the phase at almost every opportunity. In fact, the only correct reference I found was in William Shakespeare’s original work, “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.”

Thanks, again, dear reader. I am happy to set the record straight.


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