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Laertes

And now, Laertes, what’s the news with you?

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King Claudius
And now, Laertes, what’s the news with you?
You told us of some suit. What is ’t, Laertes?
You cannot speak of reason to the Dane
And lose your voice. What wouldst thou beg, Laertes,
That shall not be my offer, not thy asking?
The head is not more native to the heart,
The hand more instrumental to the mouth,
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Act 1
Scene 2
Line 42

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Hamlet’s First Words

For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favor,

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Laertes
For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favor,
Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood,Hendiadys & Synecdoche
A violet in the youth of primy nature,Metaphor
Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
Hendiadys & MetaphorThe perfume and suppliance of a minute,

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How now, what noise is that?

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Laertes
How now, what noise is that?
Enter Ophelia.
O heat, dry up my brains! Tears seven times salt
Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye!
By heaven, thy madness shall be paid with weight
Till our scale turn the beam! O rose of May,
Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia!
O heavens,
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Act 4
Scene 5
Line 176

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Laertes, was your father dear to you?

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King Claudius
Laertes, was your father dear to you?
Or are you like the painting of a sorrow,
A face without a heart?
Laertes
Why ask you this?
King Claudius
Not that I think you did not love your father,
But that I know love is begun by time
And that I see,
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Act 4
Scene 7
Line 122

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There is a willow grows askant the brook

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Queen Gertrude
There is a willow grows askant the brook
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.
Therewith fantastic garlands did she make
Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples,
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do “dead men’s fingers” call them.

But long it could not be
Till that her garments,
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Act 4
Scene 7
Line 190

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What ceremony else?

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Laertes
What ceremony else?
Doctor
Her obsequies have been as far enlarged
As we have warranty. Her death was doubtful,
And, but that great command o’ersways the order,
She should in ground unsanctified been lodged
Till the last trumpet. For charitable prayers
Shards, flints, and pebbles should be thrown on her.
Yet here she is allowed her virgin crants,
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Act 5
Scene 1
Line 232

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Come, Hamlet, come and take this hand from me

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King 
Come, Hamlet, come and take this hand from me.
He puts Laertes’ hand into Hamlet’s.
Hamlet, to Laertes  
Give me your pardon, sir. I have done you wrong;
But pardon ’t as you are a gentleman. This presence knows,
And you must needs have heard, how I am punished
With a sore distraction.
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Act 5
Scene 2
Line 239

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Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet

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Laertes
Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet.
Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee,
Nor thine on me. Dies.
Hamlet
Heaven make thee free of it. I follow thee.—
I am dead, Horatio.—Wretched queen, adieu.—
You that look pale and tremble at this chance,
That are but mutes or audience to this act,
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Act 5
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Line 361

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