Spring, 1896, Page: 48
Page Dimensions: 32 x 25.5 cms
Title: Silly Ophelia
Inscription: 1 page of text. Part of 5 pages of text with headpiece illustration by Jessie Keppie, pen and ink on paper, 8 x 12.3 cm, attached to page.
Material: Pen and ink
Commentary: The essay continues the analysis of the state of mind of Ophelia Shakespeare’s character who drowned herself when rejected by Hamlet which was begun by Jane Keppie in the April number, 1894. In the title the essay’s anonymous author’s use of the term ‘silly’ should be taken in its archaic sense as referring to her helplessness, rather than in its modern usage of foolish. Jessie Keppie’s headpiece illustration uses the nasturtium, the same plant as the headpiece on p. 24, as its source.