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HOW TO TELL A MURDERER

IN SHAKESPEARE'S TIME, MANY PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT IF
THE MURDERER WAS BROUGHT NEAR THE MAN HE MURDERED
THAT THE DEAD MAN'S WOUNDS WOULD BEGIN TO BLEED AGAIN.

Where learned: ACT I, SCENE II

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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IT WAS BELIEVED IN SHAKESPEARE'S TIME THAT WHEN A PERSON
DIED ALL THE DOORS AND WINDOWS OF THE DECEASED PERSON'S
HOUSE SHOULD BE OPENED IN ORDER THAT THE SOUL OF THE
DYING OR DEAD MAN'S SOUL COULD PASS OUT FREELY.

Where learned: ACT I, SCENE II

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-04-1967

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