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1623, 32. buy lo, 4tos.
or sixteen lines, which I would set down, and in-
lord! [Exeunt RosENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. HAM. Ay, so, God be wi' you:*_Now I am alone. buy'se, O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! Is it not monstrous, (59) that this player here, But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, Could force his soul so to his own conceit, That, from her working, all his visage warm’d ;(60) Tears in his eyes, distraction in's aspect, A broken voice, and his whole function suiting, With forms to his conceit? (62) And all for nothing! For Hecuba! What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba, That he should weep for her? What would he do, Had he the motive and the cue (63) for passion, That I have? He would drown the stage with tears, And cleave the general ear with horrid speech; Make mad the guilty, and appal the free, Confound the ignorant; and amaze, indeed, The very faculties of eyes and ears. 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 damn'd defeat was made. Am I a coward? Who calls me villain ? breaks my pate across ? Plucks off my beard, and blows it in my face? Tweaks me by the nose? gives me the lie i'the
defeat was made] Overthrow. See M. ado, &c. IV. 1. Leon.
As deep as to the lungs ? Who does me this ?
I should have fatted all the region kites *bloudy, a. With this slave's offal: Bloody, * bawdy villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless a vil
lain ! O vengeance !
Who? What an ass am I ? ay sure, this is most brave; . dear fa- That I, the son of a Dear murdered, * Cered, 4tos. Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,
Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words,
< blench] Shrink, start aside. See M. for M. V. 5. Duke, and Wint. T. I, 2. Camil.
& more relative than this] - Directly applicable.
ACT III. SCENE I.
A Room in the Castle,
Enter King, Queen, Polonius, OPHELIA, Rosen
CRANTZ, and GUILDENSTERN.
KING. And can you, by no drift of circumstance* Get from him, why he puts on this confusion; Grating so harshly all his days of quiet With turbulent and dangerous lunacy?
Ros. He does confess, he feels himself distracted; But from what cause he will by no means speak.
Guil. Nor do we findhim forward to be sounded; But, with a crafty madness, keeps aloof, When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state.
QUEEN. Did he receive Ros. Most like a gentleman. Guil. But with much forcing of his disposition. Ros. Niggard of question®; but, of our demands, Most free in his reply. QUEEN.
Did you assay him To any pastime?
Ros. Madam, it so fell out, that certain players
you well ?
* drift of circumstance] Introduction and shaping of topics and facts. The quartos read conference. forward] Disposed, inclinable.
niggard of question, &c.] Rarely started any topic, but to our questions most frank and open in answering.
assay him to] Try his disposition towards. See II. 1. Polon. and 2 Volt.
We o'er-raught on the way :* of these we told him ;
'Tis most true :
lord. [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. KING.
Sweet Gertrude, leave us too: For we have closely (1) sent for Hamlet hither ;
That he, as ’twere by accident, may here * heere 4tos. Affront Ophelia : (2)
Her father, and myself (lawful espials,")
of their encounter frankly judge;
I shall obey you:
Madam, I wish it may.
there, 1623, 32.
* o'er-raught on the way] Reached or overtook. “ Was not the samyn misfortoun me over-raucht ?" Gaw. Dougl. Æn.
STEEVENS. lawful espials] Spies justifiably inquisitive. See 1 H. VI. Master Gunner, I. 4.
Pol. Ophelia, walk you here: Gracious, so
please you, We will bestow ourselves: Read on this book ;
O, 'tis too true! how smart
[Aside. Pol, I hear him coming; let's withdraw, my lord. .
[E.reunt King and POLONIUS.
• So 4tos. Surge. 1623, 32.
Ham. To be, or not to be, that is the question:
* too much proved] Found by too frequent experience.
JOHNSON. More ugly to the thing that helps it,
Than is my deed to my most painted word.] To is, in comparison, with. See All's W. III. 5, Hel. Painted is falsely coloured.