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Book 1 - 09: The Midnight Duel & Hamlet (Act I, Scene III)

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This week we're sticking with the works of the Bard, looking at his famous play Hamlet (Act I, Scene III) alongside Chapter Nine, The Midnight Duel. We talk about character building and advice-giving. We think about the different types of bravery on show in this chapter and consider the distinction between cunning and scheming.

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