Ophelia (1851 – 52) – John Everett Millais who died 13/08/1896
This painting depicts Ophelia, a character from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, singing before she drowns in a river in Denmark. The episode depicted is not seen onstage, but exists only in Queen Gertrude's description. Ophelia has fallen into the river from a tree overhanging it, while gathering flowers. She lies in the water singing songs, as if unaware of her danger. Her clothes, trapping air, have allowed her to temporarily stay afloat, but eventually they become heavy and pull her under the water to her death.
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When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
Elayne Boosler, American comedian born 18/08/1952
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