I’m going loopy, methinks.
Titus Andronicus Act 1 Scene 1 line 136 :
The self-same gods that arm’d the Queen of Troy.
What the…? What Queen of Troy. The clue is revealed 2 lines later with “Thracian tyrant.”
Aha. That’d be Hecuba then.
Then I read the annotation at the end of the page which mentions Hecuba in Hamlet. Double confirmation.
So who is my F1RST stop for Hamlet?
No guesses :o)
Act 2 Scene 2 :
Now I am alone.
Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
510 Is it not monstrous that this player here,
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Could force his soul so to his own conceit
That from her working all his visage wanned,
Tears in his eyes, distraction in his aspect,
515 A broken voice, and his whole function suiting
With forms to his conceit?
And all for nothing—For Hecuba!
What’s Hecuba to him or he to Hecuba
That he should weep for her? What would he do
520 Had he the motive and the cue for passion
That I have? He would drown the stage with tears
And cleave the general ear with horrid speech,
Make mad the guilty and appall the free,