Poor judgment (and language) about Judgment Day

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Sat May 21 18:18:24 UTC 2011

So Judgment Day has happened and this is ....?



            "For this is hell, nor are we out of it."

Value Added Comment:  This line from Marlowe's _Doctor Faustus_ (later
adopted by Milton) reflects the Cutting Edge Contemporary (Renaissance
Style)  side of the play.  Marlowe frequently gives two versions of reality
there, one Old Style taken from the English translation of the Speys
Faustbook, the other New Cloth.  The advantage of this is that as well as
getting a concrete as well as a subjective version of The Pact, and Hell (as
above), we also get to see Helen of Troy *twice at the end.

That Marlowe dude sure knew what the punters wanted.  Or maybe he was just
hedging his bets.

Go figure.


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