Hamlet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter the King and Queen, with Rosencrantz and

Guildenstern


KING

There's matter in these sighs. These profound heaves
heave (n.) deep sigh, heaving [of the chest]
matter (n.) 2 significance, import, meaning

You must translate. 'Tis fit we understand them.
translate (v.) 2 explain, interpret

Where is your son?


QUEEN

Bestow this place on us a little while.
bestow (v.) 1 give, provide, grant

Exeunt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Ah, my good lord, what have I seen tonight!


KING

What, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?


QUEEN

Mad as the sea and wind when both contend

Which is the mightier. In his lawless fit,

Behind the arras hearing something stir,
arras (n.) tapestry hanging

Whips out his rapier, cries, ‘ A rat, a rat!’

And in this brainish apprehension kills
apprehension (n.) 1 powers of comprehension, understanding
brainish (adj.) deluded, distracted, deranged

The unseen good old man.
heavy (adj.) 2 grave, serious, weighty


KING

                         O, heavy deed!

It had been so with us, had we been there.

His liberty is full of threats to all,

To you yourself, to us, to everyone.

Alas, how shall this bloody deed be answered?
answer (v.) 14 account for, justify, defend

It will be laid to us, whose providence
lay (v.) 2 attribute, ascribe, impute
providence (n.) 1 foresight, forethought

Should have kept short, restrained, and out of haunt
haunt (n.) 1 public places, society, company
short (adj.) 2 controlled, confined, restrained

This mad young man. But so much was our love,

We would not understand what was most fit,

But, like the owner of a foul disease,

To keep it from divulging let it feed
divulge (v.) 2 become public, be revealed

Even on the pith of life. Where is he gone?


QUEEN

To draw apart the body he hath killed;

O'er whom his very madness, like some ore
ore (n.) precious metal

Among a mineral of metals base,
base (adj.) 4 non-precious, worthless, of low value
mineral (n.) 1 mine, mineral deposit

Shows itself pure. 'A weeps for what is done.


KING

O Gertrude, come away!

The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch

But we will ship him hence; and this vile deed

We must with all our majesty and skill

Both countenance and excuse. Ho, Guildenstern!
countenance (v.) 3 face up to, confront

Enter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Friends both, go join you with some further aid.

Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain,

And from his mother's closet hath he dragged him.

Go seek him out. Speak fair. And bring the body
fair (adv.) 1 kindly, encouragingly, courteously

Into the chapel. I pray you haste in this.

Exeunt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Come, Gertrude, we'll call up our wisest friends

And let them know both what we mean to do

And what's untimely done. So haply slander,
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count

Whose whisper o'er the world's diameter,

As level as the cannon to his blank
blank (n.) 1 bull's-eye, target centre; or: line of sight
level (adj.) 2 straight, direct

Transports his poisoned shot, may miss our name

And hit the woundless air. O, come away!
woundless (adj.) invulnerable, that cannot be hurt

My soul is full of discord and dismay.

Exeunt

 
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