HONORS PS1500 - Physics in the Plays of Tom Stoppard

Hapgood, Act 1, Scenes 4 and 5 C Questions for Discussion

  • On p 519 to 524, Wates interrogates Blair. What are his suspicions about Hapgood?


  • On p 528, why does Hapgood say, "Wates, I could kiss you" after listening to his A corpse that=s been ten hours dead in the water@ dialog?

  • On p 532, Wates is described as "wrong-footed@ three times. What three of Wates concerns has Hapgood already taken action on?


  • What is your impression of Hapgood from Act 1, Scene 4?


  • Hapgood is filled with characters who have a dual personality:

    Russian 1 and Russian 2 (twins)

    Kerner (a British joe or a Russian sleeper?)

    Blair (his personal and technical sides shown to Hapgood)

    At the end of Act 4, what hypothesis do Hapgood and Blair share with Wates?

  • On p 541 there is a reference to a very famous problem in mathematics, The Königsberg. Bridges. The problem of finding a route that would cross all seven bridges just once was solved by Leonhard Euler in 1736. Try it yourself on the page handed out in class.

    Recalling Ridley's stroll around the men's changing room near the bottom of page 491, what did Wates’ diagram of Ridley's walking demonstrate?

    Acting Assignments for Hapgood


    1. Act 1, Scene 4, pp. 525 - 534 (Five parts: Maggs, Hapgood, Wates, Blair, and Merryweather)

    Starts with Maggs: Good morning. Do you want to see the decrypts?

    Ends with Hapgood: Thank you, Ben. Well, should I be mother?

    2. Act 1, Scene 5, pp. 538 - 539 (Two parts: Hapgood and Ridley)

    Starts with Hapgood: No, he thinks it= s Kerner.

    Ends with Hapgood: Trust doesn= t come into it

    3. Act 1, Scene 5, pp. 543 - 545 (Two parts: Hapgood and Kerner)

    Starts with Hapgood: Joseph - twins. Who= s in charge and is he sane?

    Ends with Kerner: What were you going to say?




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