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And how, and who, what means, and where they keep,
Take you, as 'twere, some distant knowledge of him;
Pol. And, in part, him;—but, you may say, not well;
But, if't be he I mean, he's very wild ;
As gaming, my lord.
Pol. Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quarrelling, Drabbing-you may go so far.
Rey. My lord, that would dishonor him.
Pol. 'Faith, no; as you may season it in the charge. You must not put another scandal on him,
That he is open to incontinency;
That's not my meaning. But breathe his faults so quaintly,
That they may seem the taints of liberty;
But, my good lord,— Pol. Wherefore should you do this?
I would know that.
Ay, my lord,
1 "The cunning of fencers is now applied to quarrelling; they thinke themselves no men, if for stirring of a straw, they prove not their valure uppon some bodies fleshe."-Gosson's Schole of Abuse, 1579.
"A wildness of untamed blood, such as youth is generally assailed
Marry, sir, here's my drift ;
Your party in converse, him you would sound,
Very good, my lord.
Pol. And then, sir, does he this,-He doesWhat was I about to say?-By the mass, I was about to say something.-Where did I leave?
Rey. At, closes in the consequence.
Pol. At, closes in the consequence,-Ay, marry; He closes with you thus:-I know the gentleman; I saw him yesterday, or t'other day,
Or then, or then; with such, or such; and, as you say, There was he gaming; there o'ertook in his rouse ; There falling out at tennis; or, perchance,
I saw him enter such a house of sale, (Videlicet, a brothel,) or so forth.
See you now;
Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth;
With windlaces, and with assays of bias,3
By indirections find directions out;
Shall you my son. You have me, have you not?
God be wi' you; fare you well.
Rey. Good my lord,-
1 So, for so forth, as in the last act:-"Six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hanger, and so."
2 i. e. by tortuous devices and side essays.
3 i. e. in your own person; personally add your own observations of his conduct to these inquiries respecting him.
I shall, my lord.
Pol. And let him ply his music.
Well, my lord.
Pol. Farewell!-How now, Ophelia? what's the matter?
Oph. O my lord, my lord, I have been so affrighted!
Pol. With what, in the name of Heaven?
Oph. My lord, as I was sewing in my closet,
To speak of horrors, he comes before me.
What said he?
Oph. He took me by the wrist, and held me hard ;
As he would draw it. Long staid he so;
And end his being. That done, he lets me go;
My lord, I do not know;
1 Hanging down like the loose cincture which confines the fetters or gyves round the ankles.
2 i. e. his breast. "The bulke or breast of a man; thorax, la poitrine.”— Baret.
Pol. Come, go with me; I will go seek the king. This is the very ecstasy of love; Whose violent property foredoes1 itself, And leads the will to desperate undertakings, As oft as any passion under heaven, That does afflict our natures. I am sorry,What, have you given him any hard words of late? Oph. No, my good lord; but, as you did command, I did repel his letters, and denied
His access to me.
That hath made him mad. I am sorry, that with better heed and judgment, I had not quoted him. I feared he did but trifle, And meant to wreck thee; but, beshrew my jealousy! It seems, it is as proper to our age
To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions,
As it is common for the younger sort
To lack discretion. Come, go we to the king.
This must be known, which, being kept close, might
More grief to hide, than hate to utter love.3
SCENE II. A Room in the Castle.
Enter King, Queen, ROSENCRANTz, Guildenstern, and Attendants.
King. Welcome, dear Rosencrantz and Guilden
Moreover that we much did long to see you,
1 To foredo and to undo were synonymous.
2 To quote is to note, to mark.
3 "This must be made known to the king, for (being kept secret) the hiding Hamlet's love might occasion more mischief to us from him and the queen, than the uttering or revealing it will occasion hate and resentment from Hamlet."
4 Folio omits come.
Since not1 the exterior nor the inward man
Queen. Good gentlemen, he hath much talked of
And, sure I am, two men there are not living,
Both your majesties Might, by the sovereign power you have of us, Put your dread pleasures more into command Than to entreaty.
But we both obey,
And here give up ourselves, in the full bent,"
To be commanded.
King. Thanks, Rosencrantz, and gentle Guilden
Queen. Thanks, Guildenstern, and gentle Rosen
1 Quarto sith nor.
4 This line is omitted in the folio.
5 Gentry for gentle courtesy. "Gentlemanlinesse or gentry, kindness,
or natural goodness; generositas."-Baret.
6 Supply and profit is aid and advantage.
7 i. e. over us.
9 i. e. to the utmost of inclination or disposition.
8 Folio omits but.