Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Hamlet, 1.5.177: "There be, an if they might"

Act 1, Scene 5, line 177
There be, an if they might: i.e., there are those [who could explain this], if they were allowed to. The "an" before the "if" has the effect of making the "if" emphatic.