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HAM, Why, then the Polack never will defend it.
CAP. God be wi'*you, sir. [Exit Captain. buy, 0.c.
Will’t please you go, my lord ? HAM. I will be with you straight. Go a little before.
[Exeunt Ros. and Guil.
Looking before, and after, gave us not
debate] Suffice to debate,
imposthume] “ The cankers of a calm world and a long peace.” I H. IV. Falst. IV. 2.
* occasions] Occurrences.
Market is MERCES,
a beast, no more] He is no better than a beast, if this is all. See Hamlet's Solil. 1
craven scruple] Cowardly; as asking quarter by pronouncing this word of fear and fealty. Tam, of Sh.II. 1. Kath. s the event] Consequences,
Why yet I live, to say, This thing's to do;
• Makes mouths at the invisible event] Scoffs at unknown fate, at the unseen issue.
without great argument, but greatly, &c.] Without sufficient reason, but magnanimously, &c. Dr. Johnson says, the sentiment is partly just, and partly romantick.
Rightly to be great, Is, not to stir without great argument ; is exactly philosophical.
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw,
When honour's at the stake, is the idea of a modern hero. But then, says he, honour is un argument, or subject of debate, sufficiently great, and when honour is at stake, we must find cause of quarrel in a straw.
o reason and blood] Judgment and passions. See III. 2. Haml.
#trick of fame] Point of honour.
Elsinore. A Room in the Castle.
Enter Queen and Horatio,
QUEEN. I will not speak with her.
Hor. She is importunate ; indeed, distract;
What would she have ? Hor. She speaks much of her father ; says, she
hears, There's tricks i’the world ; and hems, and beats
her heart; Spurns enviously at straws ; speaks things in
doubt, That carry but half sense: her speech is nothing, Yet the unshaped use of it doth move The hearers to collection ; (21) they aim at it, And botch the words up fit to their own thoughts; Which, as her winks, and nods, and gestures yield
them, Indeed would make one think, there might be
thought, Though nothing sure, yet much unhappily. (22) QUEEN. 'Twere good, she were spoken with ;
for she may strew Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds :
* enviously] With spleen and passion, as mad dogs snap at whatever they meet.
speaks things in doubt] Without distinct or certain aim; wanderingly and incoherently.
Let her come in.
Re-enter HORATio, with OPHELIA.
Oph. Where is the beauteous majesty of Den
From another one?
QUEEN. Alas, sweet lady, what imports this
He is dead and gone, lady,
At his heels a stone.
Queen. Nay, but Ophelia,
Pray you, mark.
* Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss] Toy is trifle : and amiss, in common use at that time for offence or abuse, here imports “ evil impending or catastrophe.”
• It spills itself in fearing to be spilt] Exposes and ruins itself by its over anxiety to stifle suspicion.
• sandal shoon] “ Socculus, a manner of shone." Ortus Vocabulor, 1514.
White his shroud as the mountain-snow,
QUEEN. Alas, look here, my lord.
Which bewept to the grave did not go
With true-love showers. (?
King. How do you, pretty lady?
Oph. Well, God’ield you. They say, the owl was a baker's daughter.(25
) Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be. God be at
King. Conceit upon her father."
Oph. Pray, let us have no words of this; but when they ask you, what it means, say you this :
To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day, (26)
All in the morning betime,
ир he rose, and don'd his clothes,
Never departed more.
King. Pretty Ophelia !
• Goďield you] Requite; yield you recompence.
See As pou, &c. III. 3. Touchst.
Conceit upon her father] Fancies respecting. See III. 4. Ghost. “ Conceit in weakest minds."
e don'd and dupp'd] Do on and do up.