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Queen Gertrude

Hamlet

Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off

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Queen Gertrude
Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off,Anthimeria
And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.Synecdoche
Do not forever with thy vailèd lids
Seek for thy noble father in the dust.
Thou know’st ’tis common; all that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.
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Act 1
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My liege, and madam, to expostulate

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Polonius This business is well ended.
My liege, and madam, to expostulate
What majesty should be, what duty is,
Why day is day, night night, and time is time
Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time.

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 93

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The lady doth protest too much, methinks

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Hamlet
Madam, how like you this play?
Queen
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Hamlet
O, but she’ll keep her word.
King
Have you heard the argument? Is there no
offense in ’t?
Hamlet
No,
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Act 3
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He will come straight

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Polonius
He will come straight. Look you lay home to him.
Tell him his pranks have been too broad to bear with
And that your Grace hath screened and stood between
Much heat and him. I’ll silence me even here.
Pray you, be round with him.
Hamlet, within
Mother, mother, mother!
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What have I done, that thou dar’st wag thy tongue

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Queen
What have I done, that thou dar’st wag thy tongue
In noise so rude against me?
Hamlet
Such an act
That blurs the grace and blush of modesty,
Calls virtue hypocrite, takes off the rose
From the fair forehead of an innocent love
And sets a blister there, makes marriage vows
As false as dicers’ oaths—O,
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Act 3
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Do not forget

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Ghost
Do not forget. This visitation
Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.
But look, amazement on thy mother sits.
O, step between her and her fighting soul.
Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.
Speak to her, Hamlet.
Hamlet
How is it with you, lady?

Alas, how is ’t with you,
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Act 3
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Why, look you there, look how it steals away!

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Hamlet
Why, look you there, look how it steals away!
My father, in his habit as he lived!
Look where he goes even now out at the portal!
Ghost exits.
Queen
This is the very coinage of your brain.
This bodiless creation ecstasy
Is very cunning in.
Hamlet
Ecstasy?
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O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain

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Queen Gertrude
O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain!
Hamlet
O, throw away the worser part of it,
And live the purer with the other half!
Good night. But go not to my uncle’s bed.

Assume a virtue if you have it not.

Assume a virtue if you have it not.
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Act 3
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What shall I do?

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Queen
What shall I do?
Hamlet
Not this by no means that I bid you do:
Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed,
Pinch wanton on your cheek, call you his mouse,
And let him, for a pair of reechy kisses
Or paddling in your neck with his damned fingers,
Make you to ravel all this matter out
That I essentially am not in madness,
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I will not speak with her

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Queen Gertrude
I will not speak with her.
Gentleman
She is importunate,
Indeed distract; her mood will needs be pitied.
Queen Gertrude
What would she have?

So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.

Gentleman
She speaks much of her father,
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