Read Hamlet by William Shakespeare book online free

Read Hamlet by William Shakespeare book online free

ROSENCRANTZ

Then thus she says; your behavior hath struck her

into amazement and admiration.

HAMLET

O wonderful son, that can so astonish a mother! But

is there no sequel at the heels of this mother’s

admiration? Impart.

ROSENCRANTZ

She desires to speak with you in her closet, ere you

go to bed.

HAMLET

We shall obey, were she ten times our mother. Have

you any further trade with us?

ROSENCRANTZ

My lord, you once did love me.

HAMLET

So I do still, by these pickers and stealers.

ROSENCRANTZ

Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? you

do, surely, bar the door upon your own liberty, if

you deny your griefs to your friend.

HAMLET

Sir, I lack advancement.

ROSENCRANTZ

How can that be, when you have the voice of the king

himself for your succession in Denmark?

HAMLET

Ay, but sir, ‘While the grass grows,’—the proverb

is something musty.

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O, the recorders! let me see one. To withdraw with

you:—why do you go about to recover the wind of me,

as if you would drive me into a toil?

GUILDENSTERN

O, my lord, if my duty be too bold, my love is too

unmannerly.

HAMLET

I do not well understand that. Will you play upon

this pipe?

GUILDENSTERN

My lord, I cannot.

HAMLET

I pray you.

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