Read Hamlet by William Shakespeare book online free

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QUEEN GERTRUDE

The lady protests too much, methinks.

HAMLET

O, but she’ll keep her word.

KING CLAUDIUS

Have you heard the argument? Is there no offence in ‘t?

HAMLET

No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest; no offence

i’ the world.

KING CLAUDIUS

What do you call the play?

HAMLET

The Mouse-trap. Marry, how? Tropically. This play

is the image of a murder done in Vienna: Gonzago is

the duke’s name; his wife, Baptista: you shall see

anon; ’tis a knavish piece of work: but what o’

that? your majesty and we that have free souls, it

touches us not: let the galled jade wince, our

withers are unwrung.

Enter LUCIANUS

This is one Lucianus, nephew to the king.

OPHELIA

You are as good as a chorus, my lord.

HAMLET

I could interpret between you and your love, if I

could see the puppets dallying.

OPHELIA

You are keen, my lord, you are keen.

HAMLET

It would cost you a groaning to take off my edge.

OPHELIA

Still better, and worse.

HAMLET

So you must take your husbands. Begin, murderer;

pox, leave thy damnable faces, and begin. Come:

‘the croaking raven doth bellow for revenge.’

LUCIANUS

Thoughts black, hands apt, drugs fit, and time agreeing;

Confederate season, else no creature seeing;

Thou mixture rank, of midnight weeds collected,

With Hecate’s ban thrice blasted, thrice infected,

Thy natural magic and dire property,

On wholesome life usurp immediately.

Pours the poison into the sleeper’s ears

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