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Note the two circled "X's:" one in the middle and one at the top right. These indicate where different alternate stagings branch off. In the first version on the left, Hamlet kills the King, the Queen swoons, and Hamlet runs on Laertes' sword.


Touch the arrow above the image to view a detail. Select the next circle to fold the flap back up and conclude the first alternate ending.


 
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William Shakespeare. Hamlet. 1747, David Garrick promptbook, 1773.
 
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