Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Tuesday March 30, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:11 PM

The Horn at Midnight

(See the two previous entries.)

Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 4:


I think it lacks of twelve.


No, it is struck.


Indeed? I heard it not:
then it draws near the season
Wherein the spirit held
his wont to walk.

A flourish of trumpets,
and ordnance shot off, within

What does this mean, my lord?



Look, my lord, it comes!

Enter Ghost


Angels and ministers of grace
defend us!

In memory of
Peter Ustinov and Alistair Cooke


From today’s New York Times:

Mr. Cooke’s daughter contacted Mr. Cooke’s biographer to inform him of her father’s death at midnight [on the night of March 29-March 30, 2004].


On Peter Ustinov, also from the New York Times:

“He received [an Emmy for his role] as Socrates in ‘Barefoot in Athens’ in 1966.”

The Times on “Barefoot in Athens”:

“Socrates falls from grace, and becomes the lone voice of democracy amongst the corruption of his fellow Athenians in this television adaptation of Maxwell Anderson’s play.”


On Alistair Cooke in today’s Times:

“At Jesus College, Cambridge, Mr. Cooke edited a literary magazine, put on plays and acted in them as a co-founder of the Cambridge Mummers, and pursued a rigorous social life….

Quiller-Couch taught him about writing.”


For more on Jesus College, Quiller-Couch, Socrates, and grace, see

The Circle is Unbroken.


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