Shakespeare's memory

In a hospital in the East, a dying soldier, Adam Clay, bestowed on Daniel Thorpe the memory of Shakespeare, but not before warning him that although the memory had entered his psyche, he had to discover it, that it would emerge “in dreams, in waking, as he turns the pages of a book or turning a corner.” Gradually, the sentence is carried out and Thorpe feels the joys of being Shakespeare and finally oppression and terror. “Every man is bound to bear the growing burden of his memory,” reflects Borges. In Thorpe two dwell, his and Shakespeare’s.