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Is it not monstrous, that this player here,
faculties of eyes and ears.
With this slave's offal : Bloody, bawdy villain ! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless, vil
lain ! Why, what an ass am I ? This is most brave; That I, the son of a dear father murder'd, 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! Fye upon't! foh! About my brains! Humph! 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 proclaim'd their malefactions ; For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ. I'll have these players Play something like the murder of my father, Before mine uncle: I'll observe his looks ;] I'll tent him to the quick; if he do blench,8 I know my course. The spirit, that I have May be a devil: and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and, perhaps, Out of my weakness, and my melancholy, (As he is very potent with such spirits,) Abuses me to damn me: I'll have grounds More relative than this: The play's the thing, Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
6 Unnatural. 7 Search his wounds.
8 Shrink or start.
SCENE I. A Room in the Castle.
Enter King, Queen, POLONIUS, OPHELIA, Ro
SENCRANTZ, and GUILDENSTERN.
Ros. He does confess, he feels himself distracted; But from what cause he will by no means speak.
Guil. Nor do we find him forward to be sounded;
Queen. Did he receive you well ?
Ros. Niggard of question; but, of our demands,
Did you assay
him To any pastime?
Ros. Madam, it so fell out, that certain players We o'er-raught' on the way: of these we told him; And there did seem in him a kind of joy To hear of it: They are about the court; And, as I think, they have already order This night to play before him. Pol.
'Tis most true :
And he beseech'd me to entreat your majesties,
lord. [Exeunt RosENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN, King.
Sweet Gertrude, leave us too: Eor we have closely sent for Hamlet hither ; That he, as 'twere by accident, may here Affront' Ophelia : Her father, and myself (lawful espials,) Will so bestow ourselves, that, seeing, unseen, We may of their encounter frankly : judge ; And gather by him, as he is behav'd, If't be the affliction of his love, or no, That thus he suffers for. Queen.
I shall obey you : And, for your part, Ophelia, I do wish, That your good beauties be the happy cause Of Hamlet's wildness: so shall I hope, your virtues Will bring him to his wonted way again, To both
Madam, I wish it may.
[Erit Queen, Pol. Ophelia, walk you bere :-Gracious, so please
you, We will bestow 4 ourselves :-Read on this book;
That show of such an exercise may colour
0, 'tis too true! how smart
[Aside. Pol. I hear him. coming ; let's withdraw, my lord.
[Exeunt King and POLONIUS.
Ham. To be, or not to be, that is the question:Whether 'tis nobler in the mind, to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune; Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And, by opposing, end them?—To die,-to sleep, No more ;-and, by a sleep, to say we end The heart-ach, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to,-'tis a consummation Devouțly to be wish'd. To die ;--to sleep ;To sleep! perchance to dream;-ay, there's the
rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,“ Must give us pause : There's the respect,? That makes calamity of so long life: For who would' bear the whips and scorns of time,
5 Too frequent.
6 Stir, bustle.