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A C T III.
A Room in the Castle.
Enter King, Queen, POLONIUS, OPHELIA, ROSENCRANTZ,
King. And can you, by no drift of conference,
Ros. He does confess, he feels himself distracted;
Guil. Nor do we find him forward to be sounded,
Did he receive you well?
Ros. Most free of question; but, to our demands,
Did you assay him
We o'er - raught on the way: of these we told him;
'T is most true:
King. With all my heart; and it doth much content me
[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. | 105 King.
Sweet Gertrude, leave us too; "For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither,
That he, as 't were by accident, may here
I shall obey you.
O! 't is too true.
[Exeunt King and POLONIUS.
107 Ham. To be, or not to be; that is the question: Whether 't is 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 sleep, and, by a sleep, to say we end The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 't is a consummation Devoutly 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,
No more ;
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
That makes calamity of so long life. |
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
With this regard their currents turn awry,
Good my lord,
Ham. I humbly thank you, well.
Oph. My lord, I have remembrances of yours,
Ham. No, not I; I never gave you aught.
Oph. My honour'd lord, you know right well you did;
Нат. Ha, ha! are you honest?
Oph. What means your lordship? | 110 Ham. That if you be honest, and fair, your honesty should
admit no discourse to your beauty.
Oph. Could beauty, my lord, have better commerce than with honesty
Ham. Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd, than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness: this was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once.
Oph. Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.
Ham. You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock, but we shall relish of it. I loved
Oph. I was the more deceived.
a nunnery: why would'st thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest: but yet I could accuse me of such things, that it were better, my mother had not borne me. / I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious; 111 with more offences at my beck, than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in. What should such fellows as I do crawling between heaven and earth? We are arrant knaves, all; believe none of us. Go thy ways to a nunnery. Where's your father?
Oph. At home, my lord.
Ham. Let the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool no where but in 's own house. Farewell.
Oph. 0! help him, you sweet heavens !
Ham. If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery; farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs '
marry, marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. nunnery, go; and quickly too.
Farewell. | Oph. Heavenly powers, restore him!
112 Ham. I have heard of your paintings too, well enough: God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another: you jig, you amble, and you lisp, and nickname God's creatures, and make your wantonness your ignorance.
Go to; I'll no more on 't: it hath made me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages: those that are married already, all but one, shall live; the rest shall keep as they are. nunnery, go.
The glass of fashion, and the mould of form,
Re-enter King and POLONIUS.
Pol. It shall do well: but yet do I believe,
It shall be so: