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Sculptures of those characters "Hamlet" and "Ophelia" that are in front of the Helsingør (Elsinore) rail station in Helsingør, Denmark, about 45 minutes by train north of Copehagen, Denmark.
I can explain the photo above, the one of Hamlet and Ophelia, a little. I met a Romanian woman somewhere (I actually probably know too many Romanian women now). It does not really make that much difference as to what her name is or where I met her. She and I started a conversation, and we both became a little curious about each other. I told her that despite being a computer nerd I am still really interested in art and literature, even more so since I was forced to quit practicing medicine. I think I skipped the part about getting my brain fried with electricity about 6 or 7 times and the multiple suicide attempts because people generally do not like to hear about stuff like that.
Anyways, when we started talking about Shakespeare plays I brought up "Romeo and Juliet", "Macbeth", "Hamlet", and others. I have been really obsessed with a few of those plays ever since college. I was really fascinated by that "To be or not to be" soliloquy from Hamlet (see below).
Now, I should not even really bring this up, but I have before, so I will. I am really angry that many of my personal belongings are still locked up in a storage closet or stuck in some garage somewhere. I had a Pelican Shakespeare, the "Complete Works of William Shakespeare", and my siblings have that locked up somewhere. That copy is the very same copy that I purchased when I was a student at Dartmouth College, and I still have that after all of these years.
NOW !!! I just got really angry about that because I went looking for a photo of that book that I am pretty sure I have/had by one of my computers and I cannot find it right now. I did find this picture though, and I know that the Pelican Shakespeare was sitting on that table at one point. That large 27" iMac computer is still somewhere in Minnesota.
Not in the office photo below either, or at least I do not think so.
I am sort of a fan of some of Shakespeare's plays, but Hamlet might be a favorite, with his soliloquy being a favorite passage.
To be, or not to be--that is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--
No more--and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep--
To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. -- Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia! -- Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.
The audio quality is not the best, but the part that starts at around 11 minutes is not too bad because the wind died down a little at that point, so turn the volume down.
When I mentioned "Hamlet", the Romanian woman mentioned that she has actually been to and seen Helsingør Castle, Kronborg Castle, in Denmark. I completely freaked out when she said that, and like a complete idiot, I actually spent about 500,00 Euros and travelled to Denmark to go to see the castle, which I did. Unfortunately, when I got to Helsingør the Castle was closed, but there were these two statues at the rail station there, statues of Hamlet & Ophelia.(Photo above)
That was a really incredible moment for me because there was almost no one else around, it was late at night, and I knew that I was sent there to find the statues and not to see the Helsingør Castle.
The Romanan woman had a picture of the castle on her cell phone, a "Handy" is what they call them in Vienna sometimes. If she is willing to let me have a copy of that picture I would be happy to post it on this website. If not, I could probably use one of the photos that they have on Wikipedia, and I even have a few that I took myself. For now, let's use one from Wikipedia.
My photo is not anywhere near as nice as those because I took it with an iPhone 6 camera, it was late at night, and the lighting conditions were really poor.