ACT ONE: E. de Vere: An Autobiography

Who’s there?”             …it is but a shadowes shadow

Hamlet, Vere presence, Hamlet, JPEG

Hamlet, for Vere he is, JPEG

“The treacherous in∫trument is in my hand . . . “:

Hamlet, Q2, Vere, Hamlet thou art, JPEG

Fig. 1

ElsinØre Castle:  The Gates of Hell

Elsinore, the Gates of Hell, JPEG Fig. 2:        Ferris © 2009                  The Gates of Hell Hamlet, I.E.O., Dante's world, JPEG Fig. 3.   Hell . . .   Where else could one’s solid flesh melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew?

Hamlet thou art Vere, hidden, JPEG

Fig. 4


Enter Barnardo, and Francisco, two Centinels.

Bar.     WHose there?       Fran.     Nay answere me.  Stand and unfolde your selfe.  

Of course, it may also be seen and interpreted as a play on words:  “Whose th’heire?  Identify yourself”:

Hamlet (1604), HENRIE, Dane, JPEG

Fig. 5        

   This is, of course, the central question of the play.  Who is “To be or not to be” the heir?  In a concrete, literal sense, the opening three words can be seen as just what it is:  a standard and expected question given by a sentinel whose charge is to guard the castle.  On the other hand (given the letter-string in Hamlet’s first soliloquy), the opening three words presents this:  Rhetorical Question: W.H.o’s the heir?”  Answer:  W.H.”  (Henrie Wriothesley, Earl of Oxford).  Thus, the play “unfolds itself”, presenting the question and its answer, especially to those “in the know”; namely the powerful in the English Court:  Elizabeth I (assuming it was played while she was still alive), Robert Cecil, et. al.

   To be sure, it is one thing to interpret the opening three words as a concrete structural device, allowing Hamlet to begin in medias res.  It ‘s quite another to see the answer to the question in code, as a letter-string, a letter-string intended to be found at some time, a question that represents the answer Edward de Vere, as Shakespeare, wanted to tell the world:  “that ever I was borne to set it right.”  In short, the coding of Henrie’s name in the plaintext (although answered much later in Act One, Scene Two) is either what it is, or just another of the staggering number of such codes in the Shakespeare canon, charged with being mere coincidence; with no relation to the public and/or private life of either Edward de Vere or of Henry Wriothesley; and is to be considered a random outlier, a surendipitous happening. 

   So, although the letter-string can be seen with 100% certainty, the questions are:  1) How did it get there?  2)  Who placed it there?  3) And, if deliberately placed in the plaintext, what was the motive for placing it there?  And 4) Is it the result of intelligent design, or simply a random, chance happening?  The question leaping from the page, however, if this letter-string (and others as well) was the result of someone (or others) putting it there, and this person is (was) William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, why on earth would he do this?

   So, I ask, which is more incredible to believe:  1) that demonstrated letter-strings supported by huge raw probabilities is, over and over again, due to nothing but chance; that deliberate placement and intelligent design are definitely not at work? Or,  2) that codes were placed into certain plaintexts for reasons we don’t completely understand at this point in time? So many of the letter-strings and clusters have the definite “feel” of someone or of others in collaboration behind all this. In short, “WHose there?”     And then again in Scene 5: Hamlet, HENRIE, as before, JPEG  Fig. 6


1623, Who's there?  Long live VERE, JPEGFig. 7                  (March 21, 2013)  



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