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1 in Shakespeare's Hamlet (v. i), the king's jester, whose skull the grave‐diggers throw up when digging Ophelia's grave;

2 in Sterne's Tristram Shandy, ‘the lively, witty, sensible, and heedless parson’, of Danish extraction, and probably a descendant of Hamlet's Yorick. Sterne adopted ‘Yorick’ as a pseudonym in his Sentimental Journey.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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