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HAMLET

How long is that since?

First Clown

Cannot you tell that? every fool can tell that: it

was the very day that young Hamlet was born; he that

is mad, and sent into England.

HAMLET

Ay, marry, why was he sent into England?

First Clown

Why, because he was mad: he shall recover his wits

there; or, if he do not, it’s no great matter there.

HAMLET

Why?

First Clown

‘Twill, a not be seen in him there; there the men

are as mad as he.

HAMLET

How came he mad?

First Clown

Very strangely, they say.

HAMLET

How strangely?

First Clown

Faith, e’en with losing his wits.

HAMLET

Upon what ground?

First Clown

Why, here in Denmark: I have been sexton here, man

and boy, thirty years.

HAMLET

How long will a man lie i’ the earth ere he rot?

First Clown

I’ faith, if he be not rotten before he die—as we

have many pocky corses now-a-days, that will scarce

hold the laying in—he will last you some eight year

or nine year: a tanner will last you nine year.

HAMLET

Why he more than another?

First Clown

Why, sir, his hide is so tanned with his trade, that

he will keep out water a great while; and your water

is a sore decayer of your whoreson dead body.

Here’s a skull now; this skull has lain in the earth

three and twenty years.

HAMLET

Whose was it?

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