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Free download of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle. Read, write reviews and more. Easystarts ( words). ILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Hamlet. British English. American English. Number of words (excluding activities): 11, Book/CD pack also. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox.
Our actions are often not well considered when we are in such a state. Hamlet is tor- tured by these circumstances. But unlike Ophelia, he has a potential outlet in action. Polonius, rather than the King, is behind the curtain. Some say that Hamlet is an intellectual neurotic who cannot act. Others say that his Oedipal conflicts block him. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of theories. Actually, Hamlet did try, fairly early in the play, to take revenge on the King.
He not only failed, but he killed another man and isolated himself forever from the woman he loved. He also set in motion the chain of events that would lead to his death. The answer is that he learned from his first attempt at revenge that revenge itself is evil. Hamlet cannot act until the killing of Claudius is nec- essary to save the state and revenge is only a secondary motive. In order to save the Queen, Claudius would have had to admit the conspiracy against Hamlet and his own guilt.
The killing of the King is now an execution, an act that is necessary for the good of society as a whole. The key to understanding this play is to evaluate our instinctive reactions to the various revenge killings. Hamlet tries to take relatively quick revenge on Claudius but mistakenly kills Polonius, the father of the girl he loves.
Laertes takes revenge upon Hamlet for the death of his father. But no one feels the need for an apology when Hamlet kills Claudius. Would we have felt this way had Hamlet not kept his revenge waiting and had killed the king just after the scene with the Players?
Shakespeare gives him an opportunity while Institute. Claudius is praying. Would we have felt this way if, immediately after killing Polonius, Hamlet went after the King?
Claudius is not a bad ruler and, until the last scene, he is a loving husband. Had Hamlet killed Claudius early in the play, we would have felt some sympathy for the King while Hamlet would have been just an- other angry son avenging the death of his father. Shakespeare, using our own instinctive reactions to the events of the play, shows revenge as a potent force for evil when it rules the actions of someone rash like Laertes, like Romeo, or like Hamlet when he kills Polonius.
As Laertes, Romeo, and Hamlet discover, unexpected and disas- trous consequences flow in the wake of revenge. Rather, he becomes a hero by keeping his revenge waiting until its expression serves other, more legitimate ends.
Through this play, Shakespeare reaches beyond the grave, and instructs us all that revenge alone is never an adequate basis for taking action. There must also be some overriding disinterested purpose beneficial to society as a whole. In modern society, revenge by individuals is not permitted because it leads to breaches of the peace and cycles of vengeance. Note e. The government, through courts and adminis- trative agencies, tempered by the due process of law, has a monopoly on punishment.
The state also decides when to take action to prevent wrongdoing in the future. In modern society, all im- pulses to revenge rightfully go through the government. Hamlet and Tragedy: We know Hamlet is a tragedy because Shakespeare tells us. However, this tragedy departs from the clas- sic plot structure of a tragedy in which the protagonist has made a mistake or done something that leads inevitably to his destruction the main action. Hamlet, however, is just a young kid thrust by events over which he has no control into the role of Institute.
Claudius appears to be a good king and a caring husband. Hamlet appears to be mad. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern appear to be friends of Hamlet. Polonius appears to be a fool except for the advice that he gives to his son Laertes as the young man leaves Elsinore to continue his education in France.
Yet Polonius is much more than a fool and his advice much less valuable than it appears. For an excellent discussion of the appearance vs. Laertes represents the youth and promise of Denmark that will be corrupted if Claudius con- tinues to rule. Suggested Response: Yes. The message is that mere revenge does not justify tak- ing action against another person, no matter how great the injury they have caused. Hamlet is not justified in killing Claudius until it is clear that Claudius corrupts everyone around him and that he needs to be removed for the good of the state.
In modern society, revenge by individuals is not permitted because it would lead to breaches of the peace and cycles of vengeance. The govern- ment, through courts and administrative agencies, has a monopoly on punishment. In modern society, all impulses to revenge rightfully go through the government. Is Hamlet governed by a moral or ethical code? Does Hamlet honor the Six Pillars in his actions toward Gertrude? Does Hamlet honor the Six Pillars in his actions toward Polonius? Suggested Response: No.
Hamlet kills the old man in a rash act aimed at Claudius.
This was an egregious violation of the Pillars of Respect and Responsibility toward Claudius. But this did not give him the right to act violently toward Claudius. These considerations may affect the degree by which Hamlet vio- lated moral precepts, his eligibility for forgiveness, and the extent of his punishment if called to ac- count in a court of law.
But Hamlet is still responsible for his actions. Ethics and morality apply to negligent as well as intentional conduct. Does Hamlet honor the Six Pillars in his actions toward Ophelia? He killed her father, albeit accidentally.
When Hamlet violated the Pillars of Respect and Responsibility toward Polonius, he violated them with respect to Ophelia as well. Act 4, scene 5, her mad scene, does not show us the same young xxix introduction woman earlier and consistently encountered.
For whatever use he might be in these circumstances, her brother is abroad. There is, for her and for other Elizabethan women in similar circumstances, no pathway out of despair and hopelessness. This Text As I have said, I present, here, a conservative and consensual text of the play.
I have not followed any single seventeenth-century or any modern text, but in a sense I have followed all of them. That is, there is no radical departure, in this edition, from what seem to me the agreed-upon editorial standards of this time, most especially in the United States. I have carefully consulted those resources. I have however not noted each and every such choice, but only those that seem, for one reason or another, particularly worth attention in an edition meant primarily for nonscholar readers.
I have been free only with what might be called the lesser and more mechanical aspects of the play. There are in a few cases accent marks on other words, once again for prosodic reasons. I have repunctuated wherever I thought it necessary, and sometimes reparagraphed. I have added occasional minor stage directions,mostly indications for the general reader as to just who is speaking to whom. Elizabethan printers cannot be equated with modern ones.
Francisco Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold1 yourself.
Barnardo Long live the king! Barnardo He. Francisco You come most carefully3 upon your hour. Get thee to bed, Francisco. Francisco For this relief much thanks: Francisco Have you had quiet guard?
Not a mouse stirring. More likely the latter. If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The rivals6 of my watch, bid them make haste. Stand, ho! Horatio Friends to this ground. Who hath relieved you? Francisco Barnardo has my place. Give you good night. Barnardo Say,14 What, is Horatio there? What is printed as three lines is thus, metrically prosodically , only one iambic pentameter line. Barnardo Welcome, Horatio. Welcome, good Marcellus.
Marcellus What, has this thing appeared again to-night? Barnardo I have seen nothing. Horatio Well, sit we down, And let us hear Barnardo speak of this. Look where it25 comes again! Marcellus Thou art a scholar;27 speak to it, Horatio. Mark29 it, Horatio. Horatio Most like. It harrows30 me with fear and wonder.
Barnardo It would31 be spoke to. Speak to32 it, Horatio. See, it stalks38 away! Horatio Stay! I charge thee, speak! Barnardo How now,41 Horatio! You tremble and look pale. Is not this something more than fantasy? Marcellus Is it not like the king? Horatio As thou art to thyself.
Such was the very armor he had on When he the ambitious Norway combated;44 So frowned he once, when in an angry parle,45 He smote the sledded Polacks46 on the ice. Marcellus Thus twice before, and jump at this dead47 hour, With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch. Horatio In what particular48 thought to work49 I know not; But in the gross and scope of my opinion,50 This bodes some strange eruption to our state. Horatio That can I — 64 goes so. Lo, where it comes again! Stay, illusion! If there be any good thing to be done, That may to thee do ease and grace to me, Speak to me.
Stay, and speak! Stop it, Marcellus. Barnardo Do, if it will not stand.
Horatio Do, if it will not stand. Barnardo It was about to speak, when the cock crew. Horatio And then it started like a guilty thing Upon a fearful summons. Horatio So have I heard and do in part believe it. Break we our watch up; and by my advice, Let us impart what we have seen to-night Unto young Hamlet; for, upon my life, This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him.
For all, our thanks. So much for him. Now for ourself and for this time of meeting. Thus much the business is: Farewell, and let your haste commend your duty. Claudius We doubt it nothing. Heartily farewell. You told us of some suit. You cannot speak of reason to the Dane21 And lose your voice. What wouldst thou have, Laertes? What says Polonius? Polonius He hath, my lord, wrung from me my slow30 leave By laborsome petition,31 and at last Upon his will I sealed my hard32 consent.
I do beseech you, give him leave to go. Claudius Take thy fair33 hour, Laertes.
Time be thine, And thy best graces34 spend it at thy will! But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son — 35 Hamlet aside A little more than kin, and less than kind. Hamlet Not so, my lord. Hamlet Seems, madam! These indeed seem, For they are actions that a man might play,50 But I have that within which passeth51 show; These but the trappings and the suits of woe. For your intent In going back to school in Wittenberg, 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 obsequious: Gertrude Let not thy mother lose63 her prayers, Hamlet.
I pray thee, stay with us, go not to Wittenberg. Be as ourself in Denmark. Madam, come. Come away. Heaven and earth! Must I remember? O, most wicked speed, to post With such dexterity87 to incestuous88 sheets! It is not nor it cannot come to good. But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue. Or I do forget myself. And what make you from Wittenberg,91 Horatio? Hamlet I am very glad to see you.
Hamlet I would not hear96 your enemy say so, Nor shall you do mine ear that violence, To make it truster97 of your own report Against yourself. I know you are no truant. Hamlet I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow-student. Horatio Indeed, my lord, it followed hard upon. Hamlet Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral baked meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio!
My father! Methinks I see my father. Horatio Where, my lord? Hamlet Where, my lord? Horatio I saw him once. Horatio My lord, I think I saw him yesternight. Hamlet Saw? Horatio My lord, the King your father. Hamlet The King my father! Horatio Season your admiration for awhile With an attent ear, till I may deliver, Upon the witness of these gentlemen, This marvel to you. Horatio Two nights together had these gentlemen, Marcellus and Barnardo, on their watch In the dead vast and middle of the night, Been thus encountered.
I knew your father: These hands are not more like. Hamlet But where was this? Marcellus My lord, upon the platform where we watched. Hamlet Did you not speak to it? Horatio Did you not speak to it? My lord, I did, But answer made it none. Yet once methought It lifted up its head and did address Itself to motion, like as it would speak, But even then the morning cock crew loud, And at the sound it shrunk in haste away, And vanished from our sight.
Hamlet Indeed, indeed, sirs. But this troubles me. Hold you the watch to-night? All We do, my lord. Hamlet Armed, say you? All Armed, my lord. Hamlet From top to toe? My lord, from head to foot. Hamlet Then saw you not his face?
Horatio O, yes, my lord. He wore his beaver up. Hamlet What, looked he frowningly? Horatio A countenance more in sorrow than in anger. Hamlet Pale or red? Horatio Nay, very pale. Hamlet Nay, very pale. Horatio Most constantly. Hamlet Most constantly.
I would I had been there. Horatio It would have much amazed you. Hamlet Very like, very like. Stayed it long?
Horatio While one with moderate haste might tell a hundred. Marcellus, Barnardo Longer, longer. His beard was grizzled, no? Horatio It was, as I have seen it in his life, A sable silvered. Horatio I warrant it will.
I will requite your loves. So, fare you well. All Our duty to your honour. Hamlet Your loves, as mine to you. All is not well. I doubt some foul play.
Would the night were come! Till then sit still, my soul. Ophelia Do you doubt that? No more. Ophelia No more but so?
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Think it no more. His greatness weighed,17 his will is not his own, For he himself is subject to his birth. He may not, as unvalued persons18 do, Carve19 for himself, for on his choice depends The safety and health of this whole state, And therefore must his choice be circumscribed Unto the voice and yielding of that body20 Whereof he is the head. The chariest28 maid is prodigal enough, If she unmask29 her beauty to the moon. Youth to itself rebels, though none else near. But here my father comes.
A double blessing is a double grace: Aboard, aboard, for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, And you are stayed for. Laertes Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord. Polonius The time invites you. Go, your servants tend. Laertes Farewell. Ophelia So please you, something touching56 the Lord Hamlet. What is between you? Give me up the truth. Do you believe his tenders, as you call them? Ophelia I do not know, my lord, what I should think.
Polonius Marry, I will teach you. Go to, go to. From this time Be something scanter of your maiden presence. This is for all: Ophelia I shall obey, my lord. Horatio It is a nipping and an eager2 air. Hamlet What hour now?
Horatio What hour now? I think it lacks of twelve.
Marcellus No, it is struck. Horatio Indeed?
I heard it not. It then draws near the season3 Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk. This heavy-headed revel east and west Makes us traduced and taxed of 11 other nations. They clepe12 us drunkards, and with swinish13 phrase Soil our addition,14 and indeed it takes From15 our achievements, though performed at height,16 The pith and marrow of our attribute.
The dram29 of evil Doth all the noble substance often doubt,30 To his own scandal. O, answer me!
Say, why is this? What should we do? Horatio No, by no means. Hamlet It will not speak. Then I will follow it. Horatio Do not, my lord. Hamlet Why, what should be the fear? It waves me forth again. Think of it. The very place puts toys of desperation,50 75 Without more motive,51 into every brain That looks so many fathoms to the sea And hears it roar beneath.
Hamlet It waves me still. Marcellus You shall not go, my lord. Unhand me, gentlemen. Have after. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Heaven will direct60 it. Ghost Mark me. Hamlet Mark me. I will. Hamlet Alas, poor ghost! Ghost Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing 5 To what I shall unfold. Hamlet Speak; I am bound1 to hear. Ghost So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear. Hamlet What? But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison-house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest6 word 15 Would harrow7 up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, 1 2 3 4 duty bound revenge what?
Taylor, The Mediaeval Mind, 1: List, list, O, list! If thou didst ever thy dear father love — Hamlet O God! Ghost Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
Hamlet Murder! Ghost Murder most foul, as in the best it is, But this most foul, strange and unnatural. Now, Hamlet, hear. Hamlet O my prophetic soul! My uncle! Ghost Ay, that incestuous,21 that adulterate22 beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous23 gifts — O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power So to seduce!
But virtue, as it never will be moved, Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven, So lust, though to a radiant angel28 linked, Will sate itself in a celestial bed, And prey29 on garbage.
Brief let me be. So did it mine, And a most instant tetter barked40 about, Most lazar-like,41 with vile and loathsome crust, All my smooth body. O, horrible! O, horrible, most horrible! But howsoever thou pursuest this act, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive Against thy mother aught.
Leave her to heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, To prick and sting50 her. Fare thee well at once! Adieu, adieu, adieu. Remember me. O earth! What else? And shall I couple53 hell? Remember thee? Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat In this distracted globe. O most pernicious woman! My tables64 — meet65 it is I set it down That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark. Now to my word: Marcellus Lord Hamlet! Horatio Heavens 66 secure him! Hamlet So be it! Hamlet Hillo, ho, ho, boy! Come, bird, come. What news, my lord? Hamlet O, wonderful! Horatio Good my lord,69 tell it.
Hamlet Good my lord,69 tell it. No, you will reveal it. Horatio Not I, my lord, by heaven. Nor I, my lord. Hamlet How say you, then? Would heart of man once70 think it? Horatio, Marcellus Ay, by heaven, my lord. Horatio These are but wild and whirling words, my lord. Touching this vision here, It is an honest73 ghost, that let me tell you. And now, good friends, As you are friends, scholars and soldiers, Give me one poor76 request. We will. Hamlet Never make known what you have seen to-night.
Horatio, Marcellus My lord, we will not. Horatio In faith, My lord, not I. Marcellus Nor I, my lord, in faith. Ghost beneath the stage Swear. Hamlet Ah, ha, boy! Art thou there, Truepenny? Consent to swear. Horatio Propose the oath, my lord.
Hamlet Never to speak of this that you have seen. Swear by my sword. Hamlet Hic et ubique? Swear by my sword Never to speak of this that you have heard Ghost beneath the stage Swear by his sword.
Hamlet Well said, old mole! A worthy pioner! Horatio O day and night, but this is wondrous strange! Hamlet And therefore as a stranger84 give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Here, as before: So, gentlemen, With all my love I do commend me94 to you, And what so poor a man as Hamlet is May do, to express his love and friending to you, God willing, shall not lack. The time is out of joint. Reynaldo I will, my lord. Reynaldo My lord, I did intend it. Polonius Marry, well said; very well said.
Reynaldo Ay, very well, my lord. Take heed of that. But, sir, such wanton, wild and usual slips16 As are companions noted and most known17 To youth and liberty. Reynaldo My lord, that would dishonor him. Reynaldo Ay, my lord, I would know that.
By the mass, I was 50 About to say something! Where did I leave? See you now: So by my former lecture and advice,46 Shall you my son. You have me,47 have you not? Reynaldo My lord, I have. Polonius My lord, I have. God bye48 ye, fare ye well.
Reynaldo Good my lord. Polonius Observe his inclination in yourself. Polonius And let him ply his music. Polonius Farewell. Polonius Mad for57 thy love? Ophelia Mad for57 thy love? My lord, I do not know; But truly, I do fear it. Polonius What said he? Long stayed he so. At last, a little shaking of mine arm, And thrice his head thus waving up and down, He raised a sigh so piteous59 and profound As it did seem to shatter all his bulk60 And end his being.
I will go seek the king. I am sorry. What, have you given him any hard words of late? Ophelia No, my good lord. But as you did command, I did repel his letters and denied His access to me.
Polonius That hath made him mad. Come, go we to the king. This must be known, which, being kept close, might move69 More grief to hide than hate to utter love. Moreover2 that we much did long to see you, The need we have to use you did provoke Our hasty sending. Rosencrantz Both your Majesties Might, by the sovereign power you have of 15 us, Put your dread pleasures more into command Than to entreaty.
Guildenstern But we both obey, And here give up ourselves, in the full bent,16 To lay our service freely at your feet, To be commanded.
Claudius Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern. Gertrude Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz.
Go, some of you, And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is. Gertrude Ay, amen! Claudius Thou still hast been the father of good news.
Polonius Have I, my lord? That do I long to hear. My news shall be the fruit22 to that great feast. Claudius Thyself do grace23 to them, and bring them in. Claudius Well, we shall sift27 him. Say, Voltimand, what28 from our brother Norway? Voltimand Most fair return of greetings and desires. Meantime, we thank you for your well-took42 labour. Most welcome home! Polonius pauses My liege, and madam, to expostulate43 What majesty should be, what duty is, Why day is day, night night, and time is time, Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time.
Your noble son is mad. But let that go. Gertrude More matter,46 with less art. Mad let us grant him, then. Polonius Good madam, stay a while. I will be faithful. But that I love thee best, O most best, believe it. Claudius But how hath she Received his love? Polonius What do you think of me? Claudius As of a man faithful and honorable. What might you think? No, I went round64 to work, And my young mistress65 thus I did bespeak: Gertrude It may be, very like. Claudius Not that I know.
Polonius pointing to his head and shoulder Take this from this, if this be otherwise. Polonius You know, sometimes he walks four hours together79 Here in the lobby. Be you and I behind an arras81 then. Mark the encounter.
Polonius Away, I do beseech you, both away: Hamlet Well, God-a-mercy. Polonius Do you know me, my lord? Hamlet Excellent well.
Polonius Honest, my lord! Hamlet Ay, sir; to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand. Conception is a blessing: Still harping on my daughter. Hamlet Words, words, words. Polonius What is the matter, my lord? Hamlet Between who? Polonius I mean, the matter that you read, my lord. Hamlet Slanders, sir, for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber94 and plum-tree gum95 and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams.
Will you walk out of the air,98 my lord? Hamlet Into my grave. A happiness that often madness hits on, which reason and sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of.
I will leave him, and suddenly contrive99 the means of meeting between him and my daughter. Hamlet You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal — except my life — except my life — except my life. Polonius Fare you well, my lord. Polonius leaving You go to seek the Lord Hamlet? There he is. Rosencrantz to Polonius God save you, sir! Rosencrantz My most dear lord!
Hamlet My excellent good friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern? Ah, Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do ye both? Guildenstern Happy, in that we are not over-happy. Rosencrantz Neither, my lord. Hamlet In the secret parts of Fortune? O, most true! She is a strumpet. Hamlet Then is doomsday near: Let me question more in particular: Guildenstern Prison, my lord?
Rosencrantz Then is the world one. Rosencrantz We think not so, my lord. To me it is a prison. Rosencrantz Why then, your ambition makes it one. I will not sort you with the rest of my servants, for, to speak to you like an honest man, I am most dreadfully attended. Rosencrantz To visit you, my lord; no other occasion.
Is it your own inclining? Come, deal justly with me. Come, come. Nay, speak. Guildenstern What should we say, my lord? Hamlet Why, anything, but to the purpose. Rosencrantz To what end, my lord? Hamlet That you must teach me. But let me conjure you, by the rights of our fellowship, by the consonancy of our youth, by the obligation of our ever-preserved love, and by what more dear a better proposer could charge you withal, be even and direct with me, whether you were sent for or no.
Rosencrantz aside to Guildenstern What say you? Hamlet aside Nay, then, I have an eye of you. Guildenstern My lord, we were sent for. Hamlet I will tell you why: And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
Man delights not me — nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so. What players are they? Rosencrantz Even those you were wont to take delight in, the tragedians of the city. Rosencrantz I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late innovation. Are they so followed? Hamlet How comes it? Do they grow rusty?
These are now the fashion, and so berattle the common stages — so they call them — that many wearing rapiers are afraid of goose-quills and dare scarce come thither.
Hamlet What, are they children? How are they escoted? Guildenstern O, there has been much throwing about of brains. Do the boys carry it away? Your hands, come then: Guildenstern In what, my dear lord? Hamlet I am but mad north-north-west.
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When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw. Hark you, Guildenstern, and you too: Hamlet I will prophesy he comes to tell me of the players.
Mark it. Polonius My lord, I have news to tell you. Hamlet My lord, I have news to tell you. When Roscius was an actor in Rome — Polonius The actors are come hither, my lord. Hamlet Buzz, buzz. Polonius Upon mine honor — Hamlet Then came each actor on his ass — Polonius The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited.
For the law of writ and the liberty, these are the only men. Hamlet O Jephthah, judge of Israel, what a treasure hadst thou! Polonius What a treasure had he, my lord? Hamlet Nay, that follows not. Polonius What follows, then, my lord? I am glad to see thee well. Welcome, good friends.
O, old friend! Why, thy face is valenced since I saw thee last. What, my young lady and mistress! Hamlet I heard thee speak me a speech once, but it was never acted, or, if it was, not above once, for the play, I remember, pleased not the million. Out, out, thou strumpet Fortune! Say on: Prithee, no more.
After your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live. Polonius My lord, I will use them according to their desert. The less they deserve, the more merit is in your bounty. Polonius Come, sirs. Hamlet Follow him, friends. First Player Ay, my lord. Hamlet Very well.
Follow that lord — and look you mock him not. You are welcome to Elsinore. Rosencrantz Good my lord! O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! And all for nothing! For Hecuba! What would he do, Had he the motive and the cue for passion That I have? Yet I, A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause, And can say nothing — no, not for a king, Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made.
Am I a coward? Who calls me villain? Tweaks me by the nose? O, vengeance! Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave, That I, the son of a dear father murdered, Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, Must like a whore unpack my heart with words, And fall a-cursing like a very drab, A scullion!
About, my brains! Hum — I have heard that guilty creatures sitting at a play Have by the very cunning of the scene Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaimed their malefactions. The spirit that I have seen May be a devil, and the devil hath power unnatural, devoid of natural feeling courageous, splendid open, unload whore attend to it, do it?
Rosencrantz He does confess he feels himself distracted,5 But from what cause he will by no means speak. Gertrude Did he receive you well?
Rosencrantz Most like a gentleman. Guildenstern But with much forcing9 of his disposition. Rosencrantz Niggard of question,10 but of our demands11 Most free in his reply. Gertrude Did you assay him 12 To any pastime? Of these we told him, And there did seem in him a kind of joy To hear of it. They are about15 the court And, as I think, they have already order16 This night to play before him.
Rosencrantz We shall, my lord. Gertrude I shall obey you. So shall I hope your virtues Will bring him to his wonted way27 again, To both your honors.
Ophelia Madam, I wish it may. We are oft to blame33 in this: How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience! O heavy burden! I pray you now receive them. Hamlet No, not I I never gave you aught. Ophelia My honored lord, you know right well you did, And with them words of so sweet breath composed70 As made the things more rich. Their perfume lost, Take these again, for to the noble71 mind Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
There, my lord. Are you honest?Horatio Stay! Here is your husband, like a mildewed40 ear, Blasting his wholesome41 brother. Gertrude Let her come in. Go, make you ready. Hamlet You are welcome. Had Hamlet killed Claudius early in the play, we would have felt some sympathy for the King while Hamlet would have been just an- other angry son avenging the death of his father.
These hands are not more like. Claudius What, Gertrude? Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.