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Nighted Colour
June 24, 2007
10:10 AM

Nighted Colour

I was in a production of Hamlet, produced by the "Loft", the Cork Shakespearean Society in about 1964 when the best spoonerism I have ever heard was delivered by Gertrude, Queen of Denmark.
It is at the begining of the play, Hamlet arrives back from university still in black in mourning for his father.
Gertrude, Hamlet's mother,who has every reason to want him to forget about his father, as she has married his murderer, tries to persuade him to change out of his mourning wear.
She says;

"Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark"

One night the ghost of Doctor Spooner tangled the Queen's tongue and the line was delivered as;

"Good Hamlet, cast thy coloured nightie, off and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.”


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