Punch,  45 (1863), 233.

Further from the Spirit of Shakespeare

Will Shakespeare


Letter, Spoof


Supernaturalism, Spiritualism

    Addressed to 'The Worshipful Master Punch', the author opens by noting how much ghosts are now admitted to 'fuller and easier speech of living men and women' than in the days of Queen Elizabeth I, and invites comparisons between the 'embodied spirits in the seventeenth century' and those in the nineteenth century, by comparing the 'Ghost of Hamlet's Father' with the 'rapping ghosts who come at the call of Messrs. Home and Howitt, Mrs. Dennet or Mrs. Haydon'.

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