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The poisoner wooes the queen with gifts, she seems unwilling awhile, but in the end accepts his love. Exeunt dumb shew. Prologue to the play. Play begins. Enter player king and queen. King hath been 30 years married to the queen. Queen's protestation of inviolable love to him. King is infirin, and expects to die foon: mentions her marrying another husband, which she protests against, with oaths and imprecations. King sleeps. Queen leaves him. Enter Lucianus, nephew to the king. Pours poison in the king's ears.
Here the play is broke off by the king's rising and
discovering marks of terror. Exeunt.
viour at the play, they conclude him guilty, and
his mother. Exit.
to send Ham. to England with all speed, and orders
Sc. X. The king kneeling, Ham. enters. Ham. is inclined
to make use of this opportunity, to kill him; but deliberates that this is not a proper time while he is praying, for then fhould he fend his soul to heaven; but since he kill'd his father unprepared, he will wait a more proper time for his revenge, when the king shall be engaged in some debauchery that may
unfit him for heaven. Exeunt. Sc. XI. Enter queen and Pol. Pole tells her Ham. is com
ing, and hides himself. Enter Ham. He begins roughly with the queen. She cries out. Pol. calls for help behind the arras. Ham. kills him; not knowing it to be Pol. Ham. proceeds to call the queen to account, for marrying his uncle and the murderer of his father. Produces two pictures, one of his uncle, the other of his father, and makes a comparison between them, which affects the queen. While he is inveighing against his uncle, enter ghoft. He asks the ghost the cause of its second appearance, which answers that it is come to put him in mind of his promised revenge. Exit ghost. The queen, to whom the ghost was invisible, imputes Ham.'s holding discourse with vacancy (as she thought) to his madness. Ham. convinces her that he is not mad in reality, but in craft. Is sorry that he has killed Pol. Exeunt Ham. in tugging out Pol.
ACT IV. Sc. I. A royal apartment. Enter king and queen. Queen acquaints the king with Ham.'s having killed Pol.
King calls Ros. and Guil. whom he sends to search
for Ham. and the dead body. Exeunt. Sc. II. Enter Ham. and after him Rof. and Guil. They ask
him what he has done with the dead body, but he
does not satisfy them. Exeunt.
suddenly, but that it must not appear so to the
bras with an army. Bids a captain go and claiin a
mind more strongly on it.
quaints her that Oph. is distracted, and wants admis-
Pol. and his private interment, the madness of Oph. Laertes's coming from France, and the animosities that may arise among the people on these accounts.
A noise within. Sc. VI. Enter messenger, who acquaints the king, that Laer.
is come with a riotous rabble, who proclaim him king. The doors are broké, open.
Enter Laer. demands fatisfaction, and vows to revenge his fa
ther's death. Sc. VII. Enter Oph. fantastically drest with straws and flow
ers, singing and talking wildly. Laer, is further moved by this scene to his revenge; and the king promises him satisfaction from the offender. Ex
eunt. Sc. VIII. Enter Hor. and sailors, who bring him a letter
from Ham. with news that Ham. in his passage to England, was taken prisoner by pirates, who use him kindly, and desiring Hor. to repair speedily to
hiin. Exeunt. Sc. IX. Enter king and Laer. Further talk of Pole's death
and Oph's madness, and Laert.'s resolution to revenge. Enter messenger with letters from Hamlet, importing his being set on shore in Denmark, and that he will see the king on the morrow. [Exit messenger.] Who proposes a scheme for Laert.'s revenge on Ham. by engaging Ham. in a trial of kill at foils with Laer. ; and Laer. is to make choice of an unbated sword, so that in the action Laer. may kill Ham. Laer. further iinproves upon this murderous scheme, by telling the king he will poison the point of his sword, so that if he but Nightly wounded Ham, he would die.
Sc. X. Enter queen, with the news that Oph. while climbing
to hang a garland of flowers, she had made, on a willow that hung over a brook, fell into the brook and was drowned. Exeunt.
Sc. I. A church. Enter two clowns, with spades and mattocks to dig Ophelia's grave.
Humorous talk of self-murder, &c. Exit 2d clown. Enter Ham. and Hor. First clown sings. Ham.'s reflections
on death-talk with the clown. Sc. II. Enter king, queen, Laer, and a coffin, with lords
and priests attendant, to the burial of Oph. Laer. leaps into the grave. Ham. follows. Laer. grapples with him. The attendants part thein. Ex
eunt. Sc. III. A hall in the palace. Enter Ham, and Hor.
Ham. teils Hor. of the king's villainy in sending him to England to be inurdered, and of the way he
escaped. Sc. IV. Enter Ofrick-tells, that the king hath laid a wager
on Ham.'s head against Laer, of their skill in
the rapier. Ham. accepts the challenge. Sc. V. Enter king, queen, Laer. lords, with other atten
dants, with foils and gantlets. A table, and flagons of wine on it. King gives Ham. Laer.'s hand in token of friendship. Ham, begs him pardon for the wrongs he had done. They play. Ham. gives the first hit. King drinks to him, and offers him, a poisoned cup.
Ham. refuses to drink.